Hersham Village Hall Consultation – deadline 25 January

By | January 17, 2019


Elmbridge has issued an important consultation on the future of Hersham Village Hall – consultation papers were delivered to every household in Hersham and full details are also available on the Elmbridge website – where you can also respond on-line.  See full explanation and consultation reply option on the EBC website - please respond by the 25th of January.

The future of the hall has been a matter for strong views and heated debate ever since it was closed for safety related reasons in 2017.  The possible repair and refurbishment of the existing facility is an option that many favour, and it was good to see this recognised in the text introducing the questionnaire – alongside the possibilities for redevelopment.

However, several HRA members have commented that they were disappointed that there was no reference to the repair and reinstate option in the questionnaire itself, and this fact is likely to be reflected in the results when these are collated at the end of the survey.


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Next meeting 15th January 7.30 – all welcome

By | January 2, 2019

Venue Watermans Arms Function Room – you don’t have to be a member to attend – in fact anyone interested in Hersham matters will be made very welcome.

There is plenty we can discuss - 

For example:

  • Hersham Village Hall and EBC questionnaire – now sent to every Hersham household.

  • An update on the result of the Turners Lane Inquiry about Restricted Byway status.

  • Christmas in Hersham – last year and next.

  • Community Council related issues – see below.

 Community Council issues
Now we know that Hersham will NOT be getting its own community council, (see http://www.hershamresidents.info/blog/?p=1327) does this leave a gap that Hersham Residents want to try and fill? 

If the answer is yes, could the HRA potentially deliver  some things that a community council would have done?  Any ideas – please come and discuss.


Hersham Christmas community event 22 Dec at 4.30 – all welcome

By | December 11, 2018

Had enough of shopping – need a break – want to support a community initiative? – read on …./

Hersham Christmas Flyer for 22 December

A gathering of Hersham residents, friends and neighbours is scheduled for the 22nd at the Watermans Arms Function Room where mince pies and mulled wine will be available. The event is good for all ages – and father Christmas will be attending. The initiative is being supported by the HRA and local councillors, Hersham in Bloom, the Watermans, Waitrose and the Round Table.

All will be welcome to join us for a few carols at 4.30, and after that at the Watermans to meet and mingle and share some local Christmas cheer before the 25th. See the flyer above. Money raised at the raffle will go to a local charity nominated by the Round Table.

Hersham Community Council (the HCC) – campaign outcome

By | December 9, 2018

Campaigners have been promoting the creation of a community council for Hersham for over 2 years. Following the collection of over 750 petition signatures in favour of the proposal, Elmbridge Council carried of a formal review – the results from which were put to the full council at Elmbridge for discussion on 5th December.

However, the feedback from local residents who responded to the review was not overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal, and a majority did not want a community council created. After a short discussion, it was unanimously confirmed that a community council would not be created. The councillors representing Hersham acknowledged the work of the HCC Steering Group and recognised that HCC supporters would be disappointed. See details now posted on EBC website here : report of outcome on EBC website

Supporting the HRA

Whilst the HRA is entirely voluntary and has only minimal resources compared to a Parish or Community Council – it can if well supported do some useful things that a community council would have done. It has been suggested that those who would like to see some of the benefits of a community council, but at a fraction of the cost, should join the HRA.

Please CLICK HERE to become a member or join our growing mailing list of local people who would just like to keep in touch with the HRA by receiving very occasional email news and updates. The HRA is not political and would welcome anyone with an interest in Hersham to join us or to be added to our ‘occasional mailing list’ to help us stay in touch with the community.

Public Meeting Friday 7th December to discuss threats to county council services in Hersham

By | November 8, 2018

At the last HRA meeting potential Surrey County Council cuts to key services in Hersham were discussed, there was particular concern about the library and the children’s centre.

It was suggested that people concerned about this should come to the following public meeting where these matters will be discussed: –


Threats to the local fire brigade and bus passes will also be discussed, and there will be an update on Hersham Village Hall.  The meeting is being organised and supported by our local politicians and all Hersham councillors will be attending. 

Please tell your neighbours or anyone affected by these cuts and please attend if you can – all will be welcome.


Next HRA meeting 6th November 2018

By | November 1, 2018

The next HRA committee meeting will be held from 7.30 – 9.00 on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at the Watermans Arms function room, all are welcome – whether you are an HRA member or not. The agenda will include updates on Turners Lane, the Village Hall, the Community Council consultation, and any key local planning issues.

Response to the Elmbridge Borough consultation on the possible creation of a community council for Hersham

By | November 1, 2018

Based on the feedback we have received, the vast majority of our members are in favour of the creation of a community council for Hersham, and the HRA response reflected this view.

We see a community council as a way of delivering the aims of the HRA in a much more effective way through a body with an official status that can help provide community cohesion and raise a small amount of funding for use locally.

Although there are those who understandably do not want to pay more council tax, our impression is that the most Hersham residents are in favour of creating a community council when the arguments are clearly explained; in particular, when it is made clear that money raised in Hersham would be spent in Hersham to provide grants or small scale services, improvements or programmes which would not otherwise be provided by the borough or county.

The HRA’s full response to this very important consultation on Hersham’s future is available here 

The response includes the above text and provides some further details and more background.

Have your say on the community council before the deadline 23 Oct at 5.00pm

By | October 21, 2018

The deadline for making comments on the consultation about the possible creation of a Community Council (HCC) for Hersham is 23th October at 5.00pm. Click here to make comments online or email electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk quoting your name and address.

Whatever your views are – please take part in the consultation – this is a very important piece of local democracy for Hersham and it is important that you have your say.  For more information from the group promoting arguments in favour of Hersham having a community council visit the Hersham Community Council website here: See Hersham Community Council Website and explanatory leaflet

Residents of Hersham, and people who work in Hersham can express their views as part of the consultation.

For further background visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/hershamconsult – also here is a link to Elmbridge’s on-line comment option – (the ‘make comments on-line’ option is from the green hyperlinked text   )

Elmbridge also state that they will make available for public inspection full copies of all representations.

HRA Response to the Turners Lane rights of way Inquiry

By | October 1, 2018

The HRA’s response to the above inquiry can be downloaded here.

The response includes a general overview and refers to testimonies from individuals which are also likely to be submitted – these will be IMPORTANT in determining the inquiry.

So, if you have used Turners Lane, particularly from 2001 to 2006 – your submission is still needed, and the HRA would encourage you to respond as soon as you can during October, so it will be in good time to be considered by the inquiry on the 4th December 2018.

We understand that your individual submissions will be particularly valuable if you can cover the following points:

  • When did you used Turners Lane i.e. how often / approximate dates etc?
  • How did you use the lane i.e. by foot bicycle, horseback etc?
  • Why did you use the lane i.e. recreational walk etc or access to the kennels/ stables etc – include any memories of accessing Whiteley Village / Cobham etc
  • What was the condition of the lane especially beyond the kennels?

Please email any responses to: Clive.Richards@pins.gsi.gov.uk

– otherwise send by post to: –

SCC Restricted byway No 41. ROW/3194376
Mr Clive Richards
Rights of Way Case Officer & Charting Officer
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/G Hawk Wing,
Temple Quay House
2 The Square, temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN

The 2018 HRA Sunflower Competition Winner

By | September 30, 2018

Although sunflowers have been less numerous this year, we have a very worthy winner with a 3 meters 24 cms sunflower grown in a front garden on the Burwood Road.  Mr Ned Ruffle (92) is a veteran sunflower grower and his efforts were rewarded with a £25 voucher from Squires.

Sunflower 2018 winner

The HRA would like to thank Squires for their continuing generous support for the Hersham Sunflower Competition.