Report of the HRA AGM / Public Meeting on 16 May 2019

By | May 21, 2019

The following provides a summary of some of the key points from the AGM held on 16 May – (minutes are available here which you might want to refer to for more detail).

The AGM heard that the committee had met 10 times during the year to review planning and Hersham issues and discuss consultations affecting Hersham. The recent EBC elections were noted and Hersham Councillor Mary Sheldon was congratulated on her new position as Mayor.

Key planning / development related issues highlighted during the year included, the rejection of the Drake Park proposals – although it was noted that further consultation on the local plan was pending this year. The planned re-opening of the village hall, the new public restricted byway status of Turners Lane and also the successful lobby against further building at Whiteley Village were all welcomed – and the HRA’s contribution to these outcomes was recognised.

Improvements at Hersham Riverside were also welcomed and progress towards a leaflet to promote this overlooked Hersham asset was noted.

The HRA’s involvement in the sunflower competition, Remembrance Day and a Hersham Christmas social event were also noted.

The Chairman reflected on the death of Andrew Sturgis and reported that a tree is to be planted in the autumn by the HRA in the Memorial Gardens to commemorate Andrew and his contribution to Hersham and the HRA.

The work of many HRA members during the year to help create a community council for Hersham was noted.  The rejection of this proposal following Elmbridge’s consultation was disappointing, but emphasised the need for the HRA to continue to try and do some of the good works that were envisaged for delivery by the Community Council.

Subscriptions and membership: Membership had not changed significantly since last year, and an increase in members would be welcomed.  It was decided to keep the membership subs the same for 2017/8 at £5 a year per household/ family with a reduction for a five-year membership of £20. It was decided for the time being that a membership option should remain available for individuals who choose to pay a lower rate of £2.50 per year with a reduction to £10 for 5 years.

After the treasurers report the AGM agreed some small donations to Hersham in Bloom, the Hersham Youth Trust and Friends of Hersham Library with a proviso that the actual use of the money donated could be identified.

The Chair reported that he and Jean Campbell would be standing down from their roles as chairman and treasurer.

Public discussion forum

Guest Speaker: – Jackie Richardson, Hersham’s new vicar, gave an excellent talk about St Peter’s community work highlighting the Foodbank that provided 2098 meals last year, the Fellowship Group which meets in the Church Hall 1.30 every Thursday and the playgroup Gems.

Hersham Beer Festival: - Ian Warner reported on the event’s new venue this year on Vauxmead and the considerable work done by the organisers to engage with the HRA and residents locally to make the event a success was noted and welcomed.

Friends of Hersham Library: – Sue Mealor reported that the current consultation on library services is yet to report, and real concerns remain around future funding, Sue noted Cllr J O’Reilly’s strong support, and highlighted some recent improvements to the windows and garden.

Hersham Youth Trust: - It was noted that SCC funding of youth workers had been cut and funding from other sources including EBC, Walton Charities and St Peters together with income from a nursery using the premises was being used to keep the club solvent.  The use of volunteers was also increasingly important to keep the club going.

David Lock

AGM public meeting with speaker and debate 16th May 7.00 for a 7.30 start

By | April 23, 2019

The HRA AGM is on Thursday 16th May in the WI Hall (green building with red door) Burhill Road 7.00 for a 7.30 start.
– members and non members all very welcome -

This is a great opportunity to catch up with local news and developments, and raise and discuss Hersham issues.  You can also meet the committee and new chair of the Association, due to take over at the AGM.

This year our speaker will be Jackie Richardson, the new Vicar of Hersham who will talk about the role of St Peter’s Church in the community. There will be a chance for discussion, and she would welcome your input. We will also be hearing updates and reports from the Friends of Hersham Library, Hersham Youth Trust and the organisers of this summer’s Hersham Beer Festival.

We look forward to seeing you.  The event is scheduled to start at 7.30 – but if you arrive a bit earlier from 7.00 that will provide an opportunity to mingle and have some wine, nibbles and soft drinks which will be available. The meeting normally finishes at about 9.00.


Hersham Village Hall to reopen in 2020!

By | March 20, 2019

We understand that following consultation with Hersham residents the Hersham Village Hall councillor group is to recommend re-opening of Hersham Village Hall.

The responses from residents made it clear that, although affordable housing was needed, Hersham has recently had more than its share of new developments.

It is thought that the hall will reopen in 2020.

More details to be provided at the HRA meeting on the 28th March.

HRA update on meetings for your diaries

By | March 13, 2019

The next HRA meeting will take place at the Waterman’s Arms (function room)on Thursday 28th March at 7.30 PM – all are welcome to come along.  Any ideas for discussion please

The date of the HRA AGM has been confirmed as 16th May at 7PM, in the WI Hall – all welcome. Options for speakers are being discussed – any ideas please

Lidl comes to Hersham

By | March 10, 2019

Most agree – the new Lidl it is a great shop and provides better choice in Hersham – but do you have any comments about the parking and traffic?  Most people seem to think this should gradually improve as shopping patterns readjust and people start to avoid busy times – but do you agree?  If you have any comments or thoughts about this, do let us know at our next HRA meeting on 28th March.

Turners Lane – interim decision on restricted byway status

By | January 28, 2019

Summary of Decision: The Order designating Turners Lane as a public restricted byway has been ‘proposed for confirmation subject to modifications set out in the Formal Decision.’  The formal decision can be downloaded here.   A map is available which shows the location of Turners Lane.

An explanatory note is been provided by the Planning Inspectorate who carried out the inquiry.  This note clarifies that the decision is interim until the modifications referred to are confirmed.

The HRA’s connection with this:
The HRA was one of several organisations and individuals who made submissions to the inquiry and are pleased with the outcome to recognise Turners Lane as a public restricted byway (subject to modifications).  See our previous involvement and submission to the inquiry.

HRA Response to the EBC Village Hall Consultation (Jan 2019)

By | January 28, 2019

Please see our response which reflects discussions at our last meeting on 15/1/19. 

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 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.