Thursday, 31 December 2015

Christmas in Horley

Not a very good selection of photos - Saturday morning after christmas

Monday, 9 November 2015


A Sea Of Red Respect

Horley resident Peter von Staerck was the driving force behind the Royal British Legion, Horley Branch's  plan for a giant  “Hanging  Wreath” in the the  Town  Centre and planting   recycled artificial  poppies  in  the  Memorial  Gardens  for  Remembrance  Day,

He explains more about this in the  Crawley Happy Times  “Everything is made from recycled poppies from the wreaths and tributes of last year, all from 6 councils, that would all normally go to landfill!

Saturday; wet and windy in the Town Centre

Sunday Morning and the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial

The War Memorial with all the wreaths in place:

Monday, 2 November 2015

31 October/1 November

Two Horley Events and I was away for both so relying on Facebook and a report from a local newspaper.

Horley  Bonfire and Fireworks in the Rec

'Fabulous bonfire and firework display in the Rec earlier this evening. Well done to Horley Lions and all their helpers. They did a fantastic job'

 The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

' Watching the vintage car run, the Pudsey bus pulled up..Chris Evans driving...nearly mowed down a 1902 car!'

 Surrey Mirror - 
More than 380 pioneering vehicles dating back to the very dawn of motoring took part in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

As tradition dictates, the 119th anniversary run set out from London's Hyde Park at daybreak and headed 60 miles south through misty Surrey and onto the sunny Sussex seafront.

They were joined en route by three classic coaches driven by BBC radio broadcasters Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Ken Bruce, raising nearly £350,000 for BBC Children in Need thanks to the generosity of their 40 passengers.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

24 October 2015

A dull overcast morning just after 9am and a quick snapshot of the town center - first the pedestrianised area decked in poppy wreaths for Remembrance Sunday.

The latest new development at 71 Victoria Road (the old Virgin Car Park) - Sovereign Place.

According to Horley Online there are to be 2 retail units, 56 no, 1 and 2 bedroom flats and 6 no, 2 bedroom houses together with associated car parking and landscaping.

The first of the units to be occupied in the Russel Square development - 51 North

Latest view of another development  - Imperial Buildings (68-70 Victoria Road). the offices above the chiropodist and Chicken and Ribs takeaway are being converted into 12 flats with the addition of one floor.

This was the front view on 19 May when the scaffold was being erected.

The fully refurbished Lidl

and the site of possibly the next town center development, the library.

Again from Horley Online 'In a Reigate & Banstead planning document published in 2006 it was stated that ‘The library site is identified as an area for environmental improvement and provision of town centre homes. A large proportion of the site is owned by Surrey County Council, who support the proposals of the Horley Town Centre Regeneration and are proposing the relocation of the library to a more accessible site in the town centre’'

Reports in the Surrey Mirror (7 September) said

COUNCIL officers are considering moving Horley's library to the site of the former Newman House building. Surrey County Council wants to relocate the popular service in order to make it larger.
At the moment, officers are eyeing up one of the four vacant retail units at Russell Square, a six-storey block of flats on the former Newman House site.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Carnival 2015

Overcast, rain showers but nevertheless a very well attended Horley Carnival 2015, highlight of which was the procession.

Pick of the floats was Horley Infant School /Rotary Club

Other star floats were from Horley Churches

and Manorfield School, the winners of the competition.

Prize giving

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Sad Sight

In recording Horley through 2015, this was one entry I had not anticipated, the sad sight of Strawson hall in Albert Road the day after a fire which has destroyed much of the building.

The hall is used by a number of community groups, including Horley Community Pre-School. A refurbishment had only been completed around 18 months ago following a six-year fundraising campaign. The hall began life in the middle of town and was moved to the far end of Albert Road in the mid-1920s.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was called just after 1am yesterday after the  Hall caught fire. According to press reports Surrey Police has said the blaze was started deliberately.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mini Run

There are several London to Brighton 'runs' that pass through Horley each year - today saw the Mini run

This year's run was the 30th and is described in the official website as the largest organised one car event in the world.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

VE Day

An event to remember VE Day in Horley

St George and the new school hall

Unfortunately I could not get to the 2015 St George's Day Celebrations in the town  but I was able to attend the opening of the school hall extension at Horley Infant School where St George also put in an appearance.

Parents, Governors and Councillors attended a special school assembly to celebrate the opening.

The mayor of Horley, Councillor Richard Olliver and Surrey County Councillor Kay Hammond cut the ribbon.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hookwood Roundabout

Hookwood Roundabout isn't strictly in Horley but it looks so good in the spring with the crocuses out that it is worth a photo. .

This year it has an addition which arrived a couple of weeks ago...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The River Mole at Court Lodge

The River Mole on the edge of the Court Lodge Playing Fields today - you can see how high the water has been during the winter.

The Innes Sports Pavillion which provides changing and social facilities for many football clubs playing at the Court Lodge playing fields - the ony building left with the demolition of the old Horley Anderson leisure centre.

A picture I took in January 2011 showing the old Horley Anderson Centre prior to demolition (the new centre opened in January 2012)