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Find out about events and activities happening round the village:
> Village Calendar
> St. Agatha's Calendar
> St. Paul's Calendar

PARISH COUNCIL

See forthcoming events for next PC meeting.
> More on the Parish Council
> Latest PC Newsletter

WOLDINGHAM MAGAZINE

News, views and articles about our village, including advertising by local companies. Comments and contributions welcome.
> More on the Magazine

POLICE ACTION GROUP

Next meeting:
See forthcoming events.
Meet the local police and help target their efforts for the next two months. Meeting starts at 7pm in the Village Hall.

OTHER ITEMS

> For Sale and Wanted
> Good Neighbour Scheme
> Millennium Book
> Taxi Voucher Scheme
> Community Coffee Morning

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Welcome to the Woldingham Village website

To most of us who live here, Woldingham is a special place. Situated 700 feet above sea level on top of the North Downs, Woldingham is in a recognised area of natural beauty and great landscape value. Surrounded by countryside, how many villages can still be 30 minutes from the centre of London? Indeed, we are still a village with all that a village has to offer except for a village pub! We are privileged to live here.

Park View, Woldingham


We have many social groups and our sense of community spirit is strong. Our vision now is to embrace technology to build on this. Our web site gives us another channel to extend and enhance communication and our sense of community. But it is not only aimed at existing residents, we also hope it will give everyone who knows and loves Woldingham the opportunity to stay in touch with all that's going on here. For anybody who does not know Woldingham, then we hope this gives a flavour for this special part of Surrey. Above all, we hope everyone will enjoy the site!

 

 

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS



December 2013

here for full calendar

14th

Carols in the Crescent 7pm - BE THERE :-)

 

The Players' Events

For their schedule of events go to The Woldingham Players page.


LATEST NEWS


*** Woldingham Public Meeting on Flooding ***



PUBLIC MEETING
 
Update on Flooding and Woldingham
 
Woldingham Village Hall, Station Road, Woldingham
 
Saturday 15th March, 10.30 am
 
This meeting is being organised jointly by Woldingham Parish Council and Surrey County Council.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to update local residents and businesses on measures taken to alleviate the impact of flooding on Woldingham and the surrounding area.




*** New Treasurer required for the Woldingham Village Hall ***

 

After four years, the Woldingham Village Hall is sadly losing 
its Treasurer and so urgently needs a replacement. 
 
We are looking for a volunteer who wants to be part of the 
community and will also become a Trustee.  

You don't have to be a qualified accountant, but you will need 
a knowledge of Excel and on-line banking.  

We are a small committee which meets monthly.  

Do join us - ring our current Treasurer Diane May for a chat on 
01883 652722.



*** UPDATE 29th October - Woldingham Resident's Survey ***


The Parish Council has conducted a Resident's Survey as part of the evidence gathering exercise for theWoldingham Neighbourhood Plan.


This is a brief update on recent developments and news of how you can now be involved!

 

The Survey:

 

The response deadline has been set as Saturday 9th November. A summary account of the Survey results will appear in the Parish Council Newsletter at the end of November. A full account will be published in early 2014.

 

We are confident that the Survey gives a fairly reliable indication of the views of residents. To date we have had a ‘45%’ response rate: ie number of responses/number of households. Even allowing for some households lodging more than one response, this is very encouraging. The age spread of respondents is broadly representative of the village, except for the under 30s, but we expected that. We shall be conducting a ‘young people’s survey’ to supplement the picture.

  

The FORUM

 

On 3rd October we held the first meeting of our FORUM for the Neighbourhood Plan. About 30 villagers and councillors met in my home. After enjoying wine and snacks we heard a presentation by our adviser, Stella Scrivener of Planning Aid, on the steps involved in producing our Plan.

 

We then looked at some preliminary trends in the Survey results. Two very encouraging results are worth sharing. (a) Nearly every respondent has said that they support the idea of a Woldingham Neighbourhood Plan. (b) All the possible policy options that we listed were well supported.

 

This was followed by an exercise designed to explore what action would be needed to follow up some of the policy options. That provoked some lively discussion on the issues thrown up by the Survey. We carried on until well after the end of the meeting!

 

THE NEXT STAGE

 

We are now setting up groups for residents to join. These will help us to carry forward projects and draft the Neighbourhood Plan. The groups will cover the following broad themes which were explored by the Survey:

 

Housing and development, village character

Facilities: leisure, work, education

Transport, safety, law and order

 

Depending on the number of participants and their specific interests, it is likely that the broad themes may be further divided and allocated to separate groups. There is also scope for offering your skills to help with some general tasks if you have not already done so (research and evidence, policy writing and publication, publicity, etc).

 

CAN YOU HELP US IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS?

 

A: It is extremely important that we secure strong participation in the above groups in order to drive forward on the Neighbourhood Plan. Please DO consider joining in and contact me on 01883 653371 as soon as possible stating your theme preferences.

 

B: We would like to achieve as close as possible to a 50% response rate. Please encourage anyone who has not completed the Survey, especially those aged 16-30, to do so by the deadline of 9th November (see below for details).

 

C: We need a few young people to assist us in putting together the content of our ‘young people’s survey’. If you know any teenager (16-19) who is willing to help, please ask them to contact me by email or on 01883 653371.

 

D: Lastly, a vacancy on the Parish Council will soon be advertised, on the resignation of Cllr Dench. If you would like to know what’s involved in being a councillor, please ring me for a confidential, no obligation discussion on 01883 643371.

 

With warm thanks for your continuing interest!

 

Frank Myers

Chairman, Woldingham Parish Council

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The Neighbourhood Plan Explained – and how you can play your part in securing our future.


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?  The Localism Act (2011) introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape their future by coming together to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. They afford an opportunity for communities to gain devolved control of key aspects of local infrastructure and to reduce unhelpful outside influence. In order to do this a Plan has to be developed which sets out clear vision for the future. Such Plans are a means to put powerful local policies in place. Parish Councils are the designated bodies for developing Plans for their areas. Woldingham Parish Council has decided to press ahead with a Plan. We have had the land within the parish boundaries designated as the area where the Plan would apply. We have bid successfully for some government funding and professional support.

 

Why does Woldingham need a Plan?  We think it will help the people who live here to spell out together our vision for the village. Is it to grow, stay still or decline? We need to identify the changing needs of residents and make sure developments, especially in housing, reflect these needs. We need to improve consensus about our priorities - do we lack any amenities or access to vital services (schools, transport, recreation, and communications)? We need to ensure that there are planning policies specific to Woldingham within the Tandridge local planning framework. This will enable us to influence planning decisions being made about Woldingham at a time when our ability to protect the character of the village is being diluted.

 

What steps are involved in developing a Plan?  We have to conduct a community appraisal, which involves a survey of residents’ needs and views. We have to build up an evidence base that supports each proposed policy in the Plan. We then have to write the Plan and submit the draft to a public consultation. We hope that the bulk of our work can be completed by the end of this year. Then Tandridge Council has the responsibility of having the Plan assessed by an independent examiner and submitting it to a public referendum.

 

How long will it take to put a Plan in place?  That depends on how complex the Plan becomes. If all goes well it might be put to a referendum in May 2014. However, some areas have been working on their Plans for a much longer time than us and still do not have a draft Plan. Our advantage is that we are one parish council representing a compact area, rather than a large group of parish councils responsible for a mixed area including urban and rural communities.

 

What do we need from you?  We need your help and involvement. Don’t wait for an invitation – you already have one. Offer your time and skills for the various tasks to be done. Come forward and talk to us about your ideas for policies and priorities. This summer a survey will be sent to every household and posted on the web. Complete it and encourage your friends and neighbours to do so. When the draft Plan comes out in late autumn, take the time to read it and tell us whether it meets your needs.
Click here to take the survey.



What's happening on the M25?

Update on J5-7 M25 road works


Woldingham Parish Council defends against erosion of planning guidelines

Read the response of Woldingham Parish Council to the consultation by Tandridge District Council on their proposed new local planning policy (DMPDPD) March 2013. The Parish Council has strongly opposed the proposal to delete the current policy BE7 which has applied to Woldingham since 2001.

Click here to read WPC's formal response to Tandridge District Council.

Superfast Broadband in Surrey

Click here for an update.

New Waste Recyling Arrangements

Click here for details


Jubilee Weekend


See the video of the making of the 'W' Village photograph.
Click here to watch.
You can see the original photos at Chris Mikami's website.
Click here to see photos.




 

 

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SECURITY MATTERS


Police Surgery

This is normally held in the Scout Hut every Tuesday morning.

 

Calling the Police

If you see anything suspicious or need to call the police please call either:
999 for emergencies
0845 125 2222 for non urgent matters

Please do not call Hermione (Henry) direct as she may be off duty or on another call and action will therefore be delayed. ANY call that you put through to the police will be picked up by Henry in due course.
However if you wish to speak to Henry or inform her of an incident call his voice mail number and she will pick it when next he is in the station. (01483 630 747).

Police Information

> www.surrey.police.uk
The police hope to have a more detailed page for our area in the future.

Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

> Recent Reports
> Historic Reports

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OTHER MATTERS


Waste Awareness

Surrey´s local authorities have come together to create the 'Surreywaste.info' website. It provides the most comprehensive information on waste management in our county:
- Information on the waste issues facing us in Surrey today
- Information on what local authorities are doing to face those issues
- Information on how you can help Surrey
> Find out more

Parking Enforcement

Tandridge Council have now taken responsibility for street parking. Parking attendants will become more visible in the area. They have released the contact details to report parking infringements: e mail parking@tandridge.gov.uk or 01883 732771 Barbara Saunders Parking Services manager.

Woldingham Speed Watch

This is now operational and working well. We would like some more volunteers please. You will be given police training. You work in pairs for one hour a session. All we ask is for one session about every 5 weeks. Please help - contact PCSO Henry or David Locket 653181
> More information on the reduced speed limits coming to the village

Communicating with the Village: May 2007 Parish Council Newsletter

The May 2007 Newsletter has now been distributed. It goes to every household but we have to work from the lates available electoral roll for name and addresses. This is dated October 2006. If you have just moved in or are not on the roll, then you may miss your copy. You can download it from this page or collect a copy from the village shop.
> May 2007 Parish Council Newsletter

New to the Village? Thinking of Extending?

If so, you need to be aware of (1) the Woldingham Village Design Statement, (2) the Woldingham Character Assessment ,and (3) the Woldingham Design Guidance. All have been adopted as policy by Tandridge District Council. They are available on the Tandridge Council website via the links shown below. If you are contemplating any building works or removing any trees, either you or your architect/surveyor needs to apply and refer to these policy guidelines in your application statement. For further information please contact Cllr. Frank Myers on 01883 653371.
>Woldingham Village Design Statement
>Woldingham Character Assessment
>Woldingham Design Guidance

Booking the Village Hall

If you are interested in booking the hall, you can call the bookings secretary (LIz Aggiss) on 653106.

Surrey CSN Trading Standards Alerts

Don't forget, if you are approached by cold callers or you are aware of cold callers operating in your area this should be reported to Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506 and the Police.
> Surrey CSN Trading Standards Alerts

New Royal Mail Postal Scam

This has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at www.icstis.org.uk or the local trading standards office.

Do you have an alarm?

We have been asked to remind you that if you have any sort of alarm it is a legal requirement to register the key holders of your property. This is done with Surepol who can be contacted at 0870 161 1212 or on www.surpol.co.uk or a registration form can be collected from Clive at his usual Tuesday surgery.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library visits Nethern Court Road fortnightly. Don't forget - anyone can join the Woldingham Mobile Library free of charge. Up to 10 items per user at any time with a loan period of 4 weeks. There is an extended loan period of 8 weeks for holidays.You may request up to 2 books per visit if they are in the County library stock. Contact Mobile Library No. 4 on 07968 832381.
> Mobile Library Timetable

Updates on the Village website

Our intention is give you regular updates on life in Woldingham and particularly progress on developments such as improvements in the Crescent - so watch this space! Don't forget the News Feature (News and Events) where we want to record important events or items of merit in and around the village. If you would like anything mentioned, please let us know e.g. births, marriages and exam successes etc...

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