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Paid Citizen Ambassador (Posted 30/11/2017)

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Local people with an interest in health services needed for paid Citizen Ambassador roles.
A unique opportunity has been created by Surrey’s health care and watchdog, Healthwatch Surrey, which is looking for seven local people to get actively involved in redesigning the way in which health and care professionals and other interested groups provide their services to patients’ and carers’ needs, through newly created Citizen Ambassador roles....(more)

Crime update (Posted 30/11/2017)

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Thankfully, the crime blitz seems to have abated.There have been no recorded crimes over the past few days.Why? I have no idea! There has been a welcomed increase in the number of police patrols in the area and it is very comforting to see their presence in and around the village. That doesn't mean we can relax. Any sightings of suspicious vehicles, people etc should still be reported on 999 (let us know at the same time please).

Tree of Light Service (Posted 30/11/2017)

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Attached is a notice advertising the Tree of Lights Service to be held at St Johns Church on Sunday 3rd December starting at 6.0pm. All are welcomed...(link)

Hedgecourt Lake - Murmurations (Posted 30/11/2017)

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(click on Photo to enlarge)...Having been going on about all the bad bits associated with Hedgecourt Lake for the past few months, it is a pleasure to draw attention to something going on at the lake which is truly stunning. If you can find the time to have a wander down to the lake just before sunset, you will witness a truly stunning example of nature at its best!On a good day, you will be able to witness literally thousands of starlings gradually forming up in the air over the lake and see them perform aerial manoeuvres which create magnificent designs up in the sky. after "playing around" for some twenty minutes or so they suddenly all dive into the reed beds around the lake. Then follows a period of what can best be described as "chatter" as they settle down for the night....Ken Harwood

Felbridge border - application for 63 new houses - update (Posted 12/11/2017)

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Despite many local residents submitting objections to this development (because of the severe traffic issues that would be caused) we have unconfirmed reports that MSDC voted 6-4 in favour of the development....although the MSDC planning website still shows the status as "Awaiting decision" !
We will report more on this once we have further news

Dog Fouling...again! (Posted 12/11/2017)

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The perennial problem of dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs when out and about in the village has once again been raised by local residents. Reports of dog fouling along the pavement of Crawley Down Road near to the school have been received!
Children use this route to and from school and now that the leaves are falling from the trees, it makes it more and more difficult to see those offending dog poos. The message is clear to offending dog owners...Bag it and Bin it!..or risk being reported and fined.

Local Burglaries update (Posted 12/11/2017)

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Ken Harwood has stated that there has been a big local response to the recent crime wave in Felbridge (see below) and with such a good community sprit within the village a huge amount of information and eye witness accounts have been received, which has been passed on to the investigating officer in the Sussex Force.
However residents have raised the question of lack of visibility of police in our neighbourhoods.
It is felt that the criminal fraternity may very well pay us another visit, so there is a need for maintained vigilance. There have been sightings of what were obviously "spotters" out in Crawley Down Road. Please be aware of what and who is around you at all times. If in doubt, call it in to police....click on the word (link) for more details

Crawley Down Road targeted by thieves (Posted 04/11/2017)

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Over the past few days and in particular yesterday, Friday 3rd November there has been a number of burglaries along the Crawley Down Road area (in the Sussex area).
A gang of thieves, who are obviously highly organised, have been hitting various addresses along Crawley Down Road and stealing valuable equipment and goods. They have also attacked the premises within Birches Woods and valuable equipment has been stolen there as well.
They are organised to the extent that they have lookouts positioned in Crawley Down Road keeping watch for any police presence.
Sussex Police have responded immediately and in Friday night's incidents, they had the whole area surrounded. However the thieves made good their escape. There is no end of CCTV footage, but it can be seen that the people involved are in balaclavas.
Vehicles have been used to transport stolen property away, but they have been strategically placed outside what you may consider to be the "area of operation".
They have broken into outbuildings and dwellings on multiple occasions both during the day (afternoon) and night.
Security advice

Felbridge border - application for 63 new houses Re submitted (Posted 04/11/2017)

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It seems that if a WSCC planning application gets rejected (as this one did on Oct 12th) then the "vested interest" parties just ask for the judgment to be reconsidered with the application being recommended for Permission....is this the unacceptable face of "Capitalism"?
The originally refused application (ref DM/17/2570) is rescheduled for "consideration" on Nov 9th at 2pm in the Council Chamber, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath. Here is the Agenda (link) - Page 45 onwards.
Those wishing to attend the meeting and speak on this matter (up to 3 minutes) must register with staff on duty between 1pm and 1:30pm on the day.
Comment The issue here is not the building of the houses but rather the traffic chaos that would surely result from it if traffic control is not considered! Why then is it that the "Agenda - P61) states that SCC Highways dept. "...have no objections..."
If you want to complain to SCC Highways about this (before Nov 9th) then here is a helpful link.

Community Safety Review (Posted 22/10/2017)

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Attached is a press release from TDC advertising the meeting to be held at TDC on 7th November, to which The Police Commissioner will be attending. This is your opportunity to hear first hand, what Surrey Police are doing...(link)

Neighbourhood Watch (Posted 22/10/2017)

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Be on the lookout for a A Dark Red Suzuki vehicle. Earlier in the week police circulated details of a red Suzuki van which had been sighted in the District under suspicious circumstances. That is attached....(link) A further report has come in today from one of our residents confirming another sighting. If you see this vehicle please call it in to police.

Felbridge Parish Council (Posted 22/10/2017)

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Attached is a current list of useful numbers of those organisations that interact with the Parish Council. In addition, it provides an overview of what the Parish Council is responsible for and who are its current members. One for the kitchen notice board!....(link)

Local Pharmacy (Posted 22/10/2017)

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Day Lewis our local Pharmacy at North End, East Grinstead (next to the BP Garage on the A22), has issued information about services they can provide to local residents. This includes an "MOT" for people between the ages of 40 and 70 as well as flu injections and home deliveries of medication in blister packs.
A "flyer" from the Pharmacy is attached....(link)

Crime Statistics (Posted 22/10/2017)

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There has been quite a lot of comments made about crime statistics on both a National and Surrey basis, which have raised concerns amongst residents. In Ken Harwood's capacity as Chairman of the Police and Crime Commissioner panel, he asked the PCC for an up to-date status on this subject. A press release from his office has now been released, which is attached....(link)

St John's Church : Dementia Matters course (Posted 22/10/2017)

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St John’s Felbridge has a tradition of holding courses during the Autumn Term. This year we are hosting a Dementia Matters course to raise awareness of this disease and how best we can support folk who have dementia and their careers. The course will be held on Thursday evenings in November and covers subjects such as what is dementia and how best to communicate with folk who have dementia. Our courses are open to all in our community as well as local churches and all are most welcome.

Felbridge border - application for 63 new houses Update (Posted 15/10/2017)

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Permission to build 63 new homes in East Grinstead has been refused due to serious concerns over traffic.
Outline planning permission for the homes in Crawley Down Road, Felbridge, was sought at a Mid Sussex District Planning Committee meeting on Friday (October 13).
The application, which was recommended for approval, was to demolish numbers 15 and 39 in Crawley Down Road, to make way for the new homes, along with a new access.
It was refused by councilors five votes to four. Read more (link).

Recent Burglaries (Posted 15/10/2017)

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Last week we had some burglaries in the village along the Copthorne Road (in the centre of the village). Entry was gained to one house and the thieves tried to silence the alarm system but failed.
Seen leaving the scene was a scooter type vehicle with two individuals on it. At this moment the description of the bike is a bit patchy but police are waiting to view CCTV from an adjoining property which might give a clearer picture.
Officers have viewed Google and attached is a picture of a scooter similar to that seen (link). It was grey and black in colour.Other similar burglaries have occurred in the Copthorne Area.

Police in the village (Posted 15/10/2017)

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You may have noticed an increase in the presence of police around the village.
Thanks to our local police Inspector, we can expect more police presence in and around the village to try and deal with speeding vehicles in particular.
Watch out you don't get caught in the cross wires of their speed guns, particularly in the Crawley Down Road area!

Pot holes (again!!!) (Posted 15/10/2017)

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Thanks to the continued efforts of our County Councillor Lesley Steeds, SCC have agreed to repair a series of potholes in Crawley Down Road.

Felbridge border - application for 63 new houses Update (Posted 07/10/2017)

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Following on from our previous article on this subject link the application is to be considered by Mid Sussex District Council at the Council Chamber, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath On Oct 12th at 2pm
Furthermore our information is that "The application is recommended for Permission"
Those wishing to attend this meeting and speak on this matter (up to 3 minutes) must register with staff on duty between 1pm and 1:30pm on the day.
Comment: Such a large housing development having only one access onto the Crawley down Road (Close to the School) will inevitably result in dramatically increased traffic on the surrounding local roads (particularly at rush hours) yet WSCC Highways have stated "Notwithstanding the accessibility of the site by sustainable modes, WSCC are satisfied that the proposed development would not result in any severe safety or capacity impacts."
Is this the comment of a Council that doesn't have to deal with the traffic issues since any problems will be the responsibility of Surrey Highways to deal with and not WSCC!

Birches Wood (Posted 07/10/2017)

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Many of you may have noticed the activity in and around Birches Wood since a Scottish Pension Trust purchased the woodland 2 years ago.
The entrance is opposite Felbridge Village Green adjacent to the school and the 60 acres of woodland wraps around the industrial estate to Imberhorne School.
The Trust signed off a 10 year plan with the Forestry Commission earlier this year, to restore the woodland and encourage more plant and wildlife. However, one of the challenges they face is building the infrastructure for future logging and logistics to take place, as much of the area has a network of streams and low lying areas subject to flooding....(read on)

Hornets (Posted 07/10/2017)

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A little known fact! Hornets are not the most friendliest of insects and this week a professional team had to remove a huge nest in Mill Lane. What came out of that exercise was an interesting email (attached) from one of our residents who gave an insight in to what happens if you kill a hornet. Read on!

MacMillan Cancer Support coffee morning (Posted 07/10/2017)

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A very big THANK YOU for those kind people who donated to the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” fund raising event for Macmillan Cancer Support held at Warren Close, Felbridge on Friday 29th September.
We are pleased to write that the event was very well supported and we managed to raise 477.30
From: Mary Sisley, Jan Mitchell and Penny Cox

Fly Tipping (again)! (Posted 07/10/2017)

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A case of fly tipping has occurred in the Wiremill area, where a large quantity of car tyres were dumped(could this be because of the fees now being levied at our Council Tips for tyres?).
To report flytipping in progress call Surrey Police on 101.
If you know who might be doing this then Call Tandridge Council, in confidence, on 01883 722000

Haskins Garden Centre to be redeveloped (Posted 22/09/2017)

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At the most recent Planning Committee meeting held on 7th September, the long awaited Planning Application to the re-development of Haskins Garden Centre was given the green light.The application has to be submitted to The Secretary of State for final ratification.
Application summary: "Demolition of existing buildings. Erection of garden centre buildings, formation of enlarged car park and new access".

How to become a Councillor (Posted 22/09/2017)

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As part of Local Democracy Week, which runs from 9-13 October, the Council is inviting anyone living in the district who is interested in becoming a local councillor to an event being held at the Council Offices, Oxted, on Tuesday 10 October, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The evening will begin with....(more) and here are the open evening details (link)

Government consultation on housing needs (Posted 22/09/2017)

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A government consultation has just started which sets out how local councils, such as Tandridge, should plan to develop the right number of homes in the right places. The proposal outlines a simpler and clearer system so local communities can more easily understand the scale of the housing challenge in their area....(more)
Following on from the Governments publication, Cllr Martin Fisher, Leader of the Council has released a very detailed press release, (attached) setting out how this latest Government action will impinge upon the District Plan that is currently being developed.

National Get Online Week (Posted 22/09/2017)

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In support of National Get Online Week, which runs from 2 to 8 October, the Council is running a number of free drop-in sessions for local residents to help support their journey to do more online.
The sessions are aimed at people with no or limited experience of using the internet and will challenge them to do at least one thing online they would normally do by telephone or in person....(more).

Country Watch Newsletter 21St September 2017 (Posted 22/09/2017)

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The onset of the pheasant shooting season is approaching from the 1st October.
It has in the past, lead to a seasonal increase in poaching and associated thefts and criminal damage.
Poaching (hunting or fishing) is illegal if ....(more)

Hedgecourt Lake ASB update (Posted 22/09/2017)

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Following police action on antisocial behaviour at the lake, positive results have been achieved. A drugs search resulted in one individual being given a warning for possession of cannabis. Another person has been given advice in respect of speeding.
Let's hope that police continue to visit the site and sort out any other "problems" down there.

Open House (Charity) Coffee Morning 29th Sep (Posted 22/09/2017)

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We are organising an Open House Coffee Morning on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. It is on Friday 29th September from 10.00am until noon at 3 Warren Close, Felbridge. Refreshments will be available. If anyone who is unable to come would like to donate the details are as follows:
By texting: CUPCAKE to 70550 (one text = 5)
Or via Website: macmillan.org.uk/coffee
Or by Telephone: 0330 102 7890
From Mary Sisley and Jan Mitchell

A22 Road Closure still Causing Problems (Posted 12/08/2017)

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The A22 is still causing problems for motorists due in part, to the many different diversion signs that seem to be popping up all over the place. It's bad enough for local people to follow them, but for those motorists passing through the District, it must be a nightmare. Our County Councillors are working hard trying to resolve all the issues that keep getting thrown up.

Open Garden, Coldharbour House, 2-3 September 2017 (Posted 12/08/2017)

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The garden will be opened for the fourth time this year in aid of the National Garden Scheme and enclosed is a small poster setting out relevant details. Visitors who have come before will know what a lovely afternoon this is, all for a very good cause....(details)

Felbridge Late Summer Flower Show (Posted 12/08/2017)

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The Felbridge Horticultural Society Late Summer Flower Show is in the Felbridge village hall on Saturday 19th August from 2-30 to 5-30 pm entries in classes for flowers, fruit,and vegetables, also Floral Art, Domestic classes including jams, Jellys, sponges cakes and cookies, More classes for Handicrafts Art,and Photography Various classes for children under 12. For more details and entry forms go to "Clubs" page and select email link for the Felbridge Horticultural society.

Local Plan - Garden Village Consultation (Posted 04/08/2017)

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The next stage of the Local Plan is about to get underway with a Consultation about potential locations being considered to create a modern and sustainable garden village development. The Consultation will run for eight weeks from Monday 14th August to 5.0pm on Monday 9th October.
The location of the sites are as follows.....more

Telephone fraud (Posted 04/08/2017)

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You are advised to be vigilant following a recent fraud which has seen offenders pose as police officers over the phone before sending couriers to collect money from their homes. Attached is a reminder from police about this scam....(link).

Traveller Incursions (Posted 04/08/2017)

There have been traveller incursions around the District over the past week or so. Our Officers at Tandridge have been working tirelessly , taking action to reduce the impact of such action within our communities.
If you are out and about and you see signs of any such incursions, please contact Police immediately.

Damaged road signage (Posted 04/08/2017)

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You may have noticed that the road signage at the junction of the A22 and Copthorne Road(outside The Star Pub) is still where it ended up, having been hit by a lorry. That happened weeks ago. Surrey County Council have been chased up about having the whole lot repaired. Apart from being a potential danger, it looks unsightly and not a good advert for the village.

Bus Shelter vandalism update (Posted 04/08/2017)

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Crawley Down Road - somebody has returned to the bus shelter and done more damage. Temporary repairs has meant the shelter can still be used. It now falls to the Parish Council to effect proper repairs as its owned by them. If you see any suspicious behaviour or know who was responsible, Sussex Police would welcome a call...(link)

Girl Guide News update in Felbridge (Posted 04/08/2017)

Girlguide logo Thank you to everyone who donated their Sainsbury's active kids vouchers to 1st Felbridge ( St John's) Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior section units, We have collected 4905 vouchers which is over 1354 more than last year.
Places at Rainbows (5-year olds) and Guides (10-14 years) available for September contact us for more details email

A22 road closure affecting A264 in Felbridge (Posted 28/07/2017)

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You may have noticed that the A264 has suddenly become very busy (even outside the rush hours). This is due to the fact that Surrey County Council will be carrying out drainage improvement work on the A22 Eastbourne Road, North of South Godstone. Work has already started and is due to continue until approximate completion date: 18 September 2017. Details of the diversion route can be found here....(link)

More Antisocial behaviour incidents (Posted 28/07/2017)

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Near Hedgecourt lake - For whatever reason, someone dumped a load of documents(mainly bank statements) in the field and then with the help of a car tyre, tried to burn the lot.
Bus Shelter in Crawley Down Road - Two youths aged about 13 (one tall, wearing a cap and the other more stocky build) were seen kicking the front of the bus shelter. When confronted, ran off towards Rowplatt Lane.
If you see it report it as soon as possible...(link)

Road Works in Tandridge area (Posted 28/07/2017)

attached is the list of roadworks scheduled for the Tandridge area in the coming days/weeks...(link)

Felbridge border - application for 63 new houses (Posted 20/07/2017)

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Where... Outline application for the erection of 63 dwellings and new vehicular access onto Crawley Down Road required the demolition of existing buildings and structures at No's 15 and 39 Crawley Down Road.
Residents who feel that they would be affected by this proposed development are being invited by Tandridge and Mid Sussex to comment . The deadline for Mid Sussex is 28 July (
link to application) and type in DM/17/2570. The deadline for For Tandridge is Aug 1st(link to application) and type in 2017/1290

Hedges (Posted 20/07/2017)

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The Parish Council would like to remind all residents who have hedges/trees/bushes that are adjacent to footpaths/pavements that it is their responsibility to make sure the foliage does not impede pedestrians using the pavements/footpaths. If you have a hedge adjacent to a footpath would you please take a look, to see if any "cutting back" is needed and take appropriate action.

Dog fouling (Posted 20/07/2017)

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Dog fouling is a health hazard so for those dog walkers who have their dogs off the lead, or have more than one or two dogs with them, please make sure you have all of them in view all the time, so that if there is a need to clear up, it is not missed because the dog/dogs were behind you or so far in front of you, you can't see what they're doing. There are lots of young children enjoying the lake area and footpaths around the area so the last thing we want is for them to be treading in dogs mess. Here is the legal bit....(Link)

Beware...Yet another Scam (Posted 20/07/2017)

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A Comnet user in Lingfield reports having received a communication purporting to be from TSB thanking him for opening an account followed by a credit card and PIN. This is an obvious attempted scam intended to lure him into funding the account because he had not requested an account or had any relationship with TSB...Never reply to such communications It's a SCAM!

Council Service Questionnaire (Posted 13/07/2017)

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Attached is a press release from TDC concerning a 'Council Service' questionnaire. If you are one of the 2,500 residents who received one of these questionnaires, please take a few minutes to complete it....(link)

Cash Point Scam (Posted 13/07/2017)

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(Click on image to enlarge)...Surrey police are warning the public about a cash point scam operating in that Tandridge area....(link). It can happen anywhere there is a cash point. Please Be alert for any kind of distraction at a Cash machine.

Aircraft Noise from Gatwick (Posted 13/07/2017)

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The CAA is looking at how it can influence the aviation industry’s noise performance, and is seeking feedback from people impacted by aviation noise to get a better understanding of what they would like the CAA to do about noise....(more)

Bonfires (Posted 13/07/2017)

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Some residents start up bonfires with no thought given to their neighbours. During the barmy summer days we've experienced of late , somebody started to burn what was obviously a muck heap of sorts which went on for days. The acrid smell that comes from this type of burn, permeated a large number of houses in the area, at a time when windows were being left open and people were enjoying their gardens.
If you are affected by such behaviour, please make a note of time and date and report the matter to TDC Environmental Heath officers. If it persists, keep a log of events and there is a chance that action could be taken against those responsible. If you need to ...report it here...(link)

Fly Tipping...again (Posted 13/07/2017)

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The fly tipping brigade have been busy again this week in the Felbridge area. Some kind soul has decided to leave all their rubbish on the side of the A264 Copthorne Road just before the Shell Garage. How much extra effort would it have taken to drive a mile further and place it in the Imberhorne Tip? It beggars belief.....If you see it...report it here...(link)

Felbridge School PTA event (Posted 06/07/2017)

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The PTA at Felbridge Village Primary School are hosting an open air disco at the school this coming Friday evening (7th July). The event has been granted a licence by Tandridge. The event will finish at 10.0pm and the PTA Committee are alerting residents in the vicinity in case noise from the event permeates the village green area.

Male Intruder (Posted 06/07/2017)

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A report has been received from one of our Comnet neighbours reporting an incident, where a resident found a male person in their house, purporting to be "looking for his dog". Police were alerted immediately and attended and a search was carried out. This bring into question security of our homes. If out the back working in the garden for instance, its sensible to have the front door and /or side gates locked.

Nominate a local Volunteer Hero (Posted 06/07/2017)

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Attached is a press release from Tandridge Voluntary Council (TVC) which asks residents to nominate people within their community who they consider to be "local volunteer heroes" (someone who goes that extra mile to help for example). Closing date is 28th July....(link)

Nomination for Councillor Achievement Award (Posted 06/07/2017)

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Staying on the theme of awards, attached is a press release which sets out the process to select Councillors who have gone that extra mile for their community during the past year. Closing date for nominations is 1st September...(link)

Fraud Awareness (Posted 06/07/2017)

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Attached is a police circulation drawing attention to"Fraud Awareness"...(link)

Fly Tipping (Posted 06/07/2017)

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We have had two more incidents of fly tipping in Stub Pond Lane this past week. A freezer cabinet was dumped and more recently a large number of black sacks containing asbestos based material. As always, our excellent Tandridge refuse team have responded and arrangements are in hand to have a specialist team remove the asbestos. Another cost we could have done without!

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