HRA Newsletter Winter 2017

By | November 27, 2017

Please see our winter 2017 newsletter which has been sent to HRA members.

It is now being circulated more widely to promote a community Christmas gathering on the 16th December which is open to all. We also hope the newsletter will help raise awareness about CIL applications for grant money which is explained on page 3, local groups /voluntary organisations and similar in Hersham should consider applying!

See the newsletter for more information and updates.

Grant money for Hersham, apply by 19/01/18

By | November 3, 2017

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) applications

Elmbridge Borough Council has recently issued guidance which says that applications are expected from not for profit organisation and community groups.

Applications should show wider community benefit for things which will, for example, improve transport, footpaths, open spaces, sporting facilities or public buildings.

The Council are inviting applications from now until 19th January 2018

for advice on the EBC website see:-


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding comes from a building development charge. There is currently a substantial amount of CIL money available following the ex-Rydens School, and Lidl developments.

Hersham and its organisations need to recognise an opportunity and take the initiative. It’s a rare thing for grants to be available, and it would be a shame if Hersham doesn’t make the most of it.

To help raise awareness our next newsletter will be circulated to relevant organisations in Hersham who might wish to apply.

Happy Birthday Andrew

By | October 26, 2017

On the 26th October our oldest member was 100.  Andrew Sturgis is a tireless HRA member and supporter of the local community. His energy and enthusiasm continues to be is an inspiration!

Andrew Picture


Parliamentary Changes Split Hersham?

By | October 19, 2017

Proposals for parliamentary boundary changes would mean a division between constituencies running through Hersham, and our village being represented by 2 different MPs.

Have your say; the Parliamentary Boundary Commission is currently consulting on these proposals and comments are due by December 11th.

Please copy any comments to us at before the 11th December so we can reflect your views in an HRA response.

Hersham Sunflower Competition 2017 – Winners Announced

By | September 15, 2017

The winners of this years competition are as follows:

The cash prize for the Tallest Sunflower at a very impressive 3 meters and 58 cms – went to a grower at 247 Hersham Road.

The best front garden display was at 105 Burwood Road and the grower received a very well deserved £25 Squires voucher.

best f garden disply

The £25 Squires voucher prize for the flower nearest to a random height (selected on the day before judging)s went to the grower of a 1.7 meter specimen in a front garden in Thrupps Avenue.

The prizes for the road with the greatest number of sunflowers this year went to Burwood Road.

[more photos to be added to this post shortly]



Hersham Village Hall

By | July 31, 2017

An HRA communication to Elmbridge Borough Council concerning the village hall closure can be downloaded here.  The HRA understands from the response that the Council had no option but to close the Hall in light of safety concerns – and that all options going forward will be reviewed in September.  It has also been clarified that any proposals arising are to be subject to general consultation, and that the consultation process would include the HRA.


Hersham Community Council Campaign and petition

By | July 9, 2017


The group pushing for a community council for Hersham has started delivery of leaflets and information about the campaign and petition.  For those who have not yet seen the details;

Click on the following link to find out more

HRA responses to Consultations – including Drake Park Appeal Comments

By | June 27, 2017

The recent HRA response to the Drake Park planning appeal can be accessed here in the HRA responses to consultations tab along with all other HRA responses. (this tab and various other useful tabs can also found on the RHS of this webpage).

Hersham Village Hall and Centre for the Community (Day Centre) Closure / New plans? / Maintenance issues etc

By | June 27, 2017


The following item has been posted recently on Elmbridge B Council’s website see: –

Hersham Village Hall and Hersham Centre for the Community

The article refers to both buildings having complex mechanical and electrical installations which are at the end of their useful life and as such have an impact on the fire integrity of the buildings.

Elmbridge BC say they will  …. “bring forward plans in the Autumn to the relevant stakeholders to re-provide an enhanced facility as part of longer term plans for the Hersham Village Hall site.  In the meantime, work will commence to the Hersham Centre for the Community and it will reopen as soon as possible.   We apologise for the immediate nature of this decision but the safety of our residents has to be our primary focus”

Any comments please do post on the HRA facebook page

Feature on Hersham and Walton Foodbank

By | June 7, 2017

At the 2017 HRA AGM Nina Malyon gave an excellent talk about her work as Manager of Hersham and Walton Food Bank which has its main store in Falkners Road Hersham.

It was suggested that this deserved a separate post on the HRA Blog to help highlight the excellent work which its dedicated volunteers carry out – made possible by generous donations from the public.

It was explained that food is distributed to individuals and families etc on the basis of referrals from other agencies so that it can be targeted to those who need help through difficult periods when for a range of reasons money is tight.

Some of the statistics referenced during the talk highlight the scale of the operation.

Foodbank usage in Hersham and Walton for the financial year 1/4/16 – 31/3/17

  • 1,299 people were fed in this period.
    • 800 adults and 499 children.
  • 519 three day emergency food supplies were issued in the period.

During the same period (2016 – 2017) figures released from the Trussell Trust show that 1,182,954 food parcels were issued nationally.

Walton and Hersham foodbank is supported by Walton Charity and St Peters Church.

Email: (checked Mon & Weds only)

There web address for more information is:  You can follow them on Twitter at: @WaltonHershamfb and do look out for their facebook page at: