WELCOME TO WEST HORSLEY

Introduction
Welcome to West Horsley.  If you have recently moved into the village we hope that this information will help you find your way around.  If you are considering moving to the village we hope that this information will help you make a more informed choice.  If there is information about the village which you do not find here please email the Clerk to the Parish Council. 


The village is largely rural in character with about 1100 households. The area of the village is about 870 hectares.  The southern part is on the north slope of the North Downs and is generally wooded.   Some of it is in the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty or area of great landscape value.   The northern part is flatter but generally sloping down to the north.  This is mainly agricultural land, both arable and livestock.  The middle part of the village is a Conservation Area.  There are around 15 kilometres of public rights of way.   Throughout West Horsley there are 41 Listed Buildings, the most noteworthy of which are the 11th Century Church, St Mary's and West Horsley Place .  The parish is crossed by one main road, the A246 which runs between Guildford and Leatherhead, and the railway line which runs between Guildford and London Waterloo with services via Cobham and via Epsom.  The vast majority of the dwellings lie to the north of the A246.


The information below does not claim to be all-inclusive.  However, we do believe that it is reasonably so.  If you feel that something is incorrect or missing please let the clerk know.


Schools
Raleigh                            

State (Academy)                                 

4 to 11    

Co-ed    

West Horsley


Cranmore                        

Independent                                        

4 to 13    

Co-ed  

West Horsley


Glenesk                            

Independent                                       

2 to 7      

Co-ed  

West Horsley


Howard of Effingham     

State (Specialist Science college)   

11-18      

Co-ed  

Effingham


The Meadows                      

Independent                                       

1 - 5       

Co-ed    

East Horsley


Raleigh Nursery              

Private                                                 

2 - 4       

Co-ed  

West Horsley


Footprints Montessori     

Private Nursery                                  

0 - 5       

Co-ed   

West Horsley


The Surrey County education website is http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/learning/schools 


Transport links
West Horsley has good access to the major road network and to suburban rail.  There is also a bus service between Epsom and Leatherhead and Guildford.


Roads.
The A246 runs between Guildford and Leatherhead.  It runs approximately along the foot of the Downs.  There are links through the village from the A246 to the Wisley junction on the A3 if travelling to or from the London direction and to the junction at Send if travelling to or from the Guildford direction.  From the Wisley junction it is a mile to the junction with the M25.  There are also roads from the A246 over the Downs to the A25 which runs between Guildford and Dorking at the foot of the southern slope of the Downs.


Trains
Horsley station is in East Horsley.  There are two services between Guildford and London Waterloo, one via Cobham and Surbiton, about 46 minutes, and one via Epsom, about 59 minutes.  Time to Guildford is 14 minutes.  On normal weekdays and Saturdays each has two services each way per hour.  There are a small number of extra trains on the Cobham service during peak hours.  These services are run by South West Trains.  Southern Trains also operates two trains in and out of Guildford during weekday morning and evening rush hours.  The other ends of these services are London Bridge, Victoria and Sutton.  Horsley station is manned during weekday mornings 0635 – 1300 and on Saturday mornings 0800 - 1300.  There is also a ticket machine at the station and ample pay-and-display car parking.   Train times can be found at http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search 

 

Buses.
Two bus routes serve West Horsley.  Both run to and from Guildford, one to Epsom and the other to Leatherhead.  The 479 to and from Epsom is hourly through most of the day but varies a little at each end of the day.  Within West Horsley it runs on the A246.  It does not run on Sundays.  The 478 is less frequent.  Its route is through the village but varies at each end of the day as it acts as a school bus for the Howard of Effingham school.  It does not run at the weekend.  Bus time tables can be found at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-trains/bus-timetables/guildford-and-cranleigh-bus-timetables#3 


Park-and-ride
Guildford Borough Council operates a park-and-ride service from Merrow to Guildford bus station.  The car park is about five miles along the A246.  The service operates every 15 minutes and takes 12 minutes.  The first bus into Guildford is 0730 and the final bus out of Guildford is 1915.  The car park is free, the return fare is £1.50p


Library 
Horsley public library is at the south end of the Station Parade of shops in East Horsley.   It is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays  There is a wide range of library services available including internet access.  http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/libraries/libraries-in-surrey/libraries-and-opening-times/horsley-library 


Medical Centre/hospitals
The Medical Centre is in East Horsley.  It is a large practice with several clinics in addition to the normal GP service. http://www.horsleydocs.co.uk/ 01483 284151.  


The main hospital in the area is the Royal Surrey County Hospital.  It is easily accessible from the A3 but car parking can be difficult.  There are also frequent buses to and from Guildford bus station.  The hospitals in Epsom, Epsom District, and Chertsey, St Peters, are also quite close.  All three hospitals have A&E departments.  Urgent out-of-hours medical problems are dealt with by THAMESDOC telephone 0300 130 1305.  There is also an NHS walk-in centre in Woking.


Estate Agents
There are four estate agents with shops in East Horsley.  These are: Henshaws, Station Approach; Gasgoine-Pees, Station Parade; Curchods,  Bishopesmead Parade; and Wills and Smerdon, Station Parade. 


Welfare/community services
There are a number of voluntary welfares services in West Horsley.


Wheel of Care West Horsley Wheel of Care is here to help any person residing in the parish of West Horsley who is in need of assistance and offers help, support, transport and activities which provide exercise, companionship and friendship.  It runs four clubs: scrabble, seated dance, movement to music and film.  It is also always pleased to have offers of help.  01483 281703 (10am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday) http://www.westhorsleywheelofcare.co.uk/

Community bus Our community bus is operated by a number of volunteer drivers and provides door to door shopping services in and around the Horsleys on a weekly basis. It operates for the benefit of elderly and/or infirm residents in the community. 01483 284 989 
West Horsley Old Peoples Welfare Committee  The committee organizes monthly coffee mornings in the village Hall and occasional outings for elderly people living in the parish.  01483 284167
Dial-a-ride  A dial-a-ride service operates in Guildford Borough within a 15 mile radius of Guildford town centre.  01483 458052

 

Churches
Within West Horsley there is a Church of England church, http://www.l1fe.org/  and a Methodist chapel. http://www.westhorsleymethodistchurch.org.uk/  There is also an Evangelical Church in East Horsley.  http://www.horsleyec.org.uk/   There is a Catholic church in Effingham.  http://www.ourladyofsorrows.org.uk/ 


Garages
There are two garages in the village servicing all makes.  CT Cars, on the A246 and West Horsley Motor Works Ltd. on The Street.  There is also a franchise for Lotus, Saab and Subaru on the A246.  The nearest filling station is on the A246 in East Horsley.  


Shop
West Horsley has one shop situated at the south end of The Street.  East Horsley has a wide range of shops situated in Station Parade and Bishopsmead both of which are on Ockham Road South.

 
Rubbish collection
Guildford Borough Council is responsible for the collection of waste.   There is a weekly collection, alternatiting between recycling and garden one week and other waste the next. Food waste is collected weekly.


You can find  the days for your rubbish collections by inserting your post code at the following link: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=362&lnk=12 


For general information about West Horsley follow this link:
http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/NeighbourhoodSummary.do?width=1280&a=7&r=1&i=1001&m=0&s=1277372156765&enc=1&profileSearchText=KT24%206EW&searchProfiles=
West Horsley is areas 3A and 3D.


Parish Council facilities
Playground
There is a children’s playground adjacent to the Village Hall.  It is owned and managed by West Horsley Parish Council.  It is suitable for children up to the age of 
Orchard
The orchard lies in the angle at the junction of The Street and Ripley Lane.  It is leased by the Parish Council and is for the enjoyment of village residents.  There are areas of flowers, both wild and cultivated and a number of fruit trees.
Tennis court
The Parish Council owns and operates a hard surfaced tennis court on Long Reach.  It can be booked by ringing 01483 283106.
Village Hall
The Village Hall is in The Street.  It has two halls and a small room for hire.   Each hall has its own kitchen facilities.  Further information can be had by ringing 01483 285454.


Street lights
There are very few street lights in West Horsley.  The main group of lights is around the round-about on the A246 at the junction of The Street.  There are also lights on the length of Ockham Road between East Lane and Station Parade shops.  The general opinion of the residents is that street lights are undesirable.


Policing
The local police in the area consist of a Constable and a Community Support  Officer.  Quarterly public meetings are held, alternately in East and West Horsley Village Halls.  At these sessions the current crime figures are given and the public asked about its concerns.  A vote is then taken on which area of concern the police should concentrate.  There is also a weekly visit by the police mobile office to Horsley station between 1600 and 1800 on Mondays.
Crime in Surrey is very low and this is reflected in the figures for West Horsley.  


The telephone number for contacting the police for non-urgent matters is 101.


Recreation, riding, walking, football, cricket, tennis
Walking.  There are some 15 kilometres of public footpaths, bridleways and byways in West Horsley.  Much of this distance is on the north slope of the North Downs in Sheepleas.  The area available for walking in the region is vast especially to the south.  The views to the south from the top of the North Downs and from the Weald can be stunning.
Cycling.  Much of the15 kilometres within West Horsley and the surrounding region is available or cycling.
Riding. There are a number of riding stables in West Horsley
Football Horsley Football Club is located on Ripley Lane http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/horsleyfc/ 01483 282516
Cricket  Horsley and Send Cricket Club is located off Ripley Lane http://horsleyandsend.play-cricket.com/home/aboutUs.asp  01483 285322
Tennis The Parish Council owns and operates a hard surfaced tennis court on Long Reach.  It can be booked by ringing 01483 283106.
Bowls  The East Horsley Bowls Club is located in St Martins Close at the south end of Ockham Road South.  http://www.easthorsleybc.co.uk/701.html 01483 283693
Horsley sports club The Horsley Sports Club offers tennis and cricket.  It is off Ockham Road South in East Horsley.  http://www.horsleysportsclub.com/home.aspx 01483 283136


Accommodation.
There are no hotels in West Horsley.  There is one in East Horsley on the A246.  There is one B&B in West Horsley, in Silkmore Lane.  http://www.silkmorehouse.com/  01483 284109


Pubs
There are two pubs in West Horsley: The Barely Mow and the King William IV.  Both serve food.  They are both on The Street.

     

Vets
There is a veterinary surgery in Ockham Road South between the Station Parade shops and the railway bridge.  http://www.petdoctors.co.uk/clinic/east-horsley/ 


Community garden.
Grace & Flavour is a community garden adjacent to the Dene Place care home in Ripley Lane.  It is a not-for-profit community single urban farm, run as a co-operative.  Its membership is largely restricted to residents of the two villages, East and West Horsley.  New members from the two villages are always welcome.  For further information please contact:mail@graceandflavour.org, call Su on 07802 443 419 or see the web site http://www.graceandflavour.org/index.htm 


Allotments
Immediately adjacent to Grace & Flavour are about 25 allotments and half allotments available for residents of East and West Horsley.  The allotments are managed by Grace & Flavour.   The waiting lists for the allotments are maintained by the two Parish Councils.  At the moment there are no vacant allotments for West Horsley residents.  If you would like to go on the waiting list please contact the Parish Council Clerk.

 

Caravan site 
There is one caravan site in West Horsley.  It is located off Ockham Road North.  The telephone number is 01483 283273 and the relevant page of the Camping and Caravaning Club site is 
http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=6170&returnPage=search.aspx|radius%3d20|location%3dkt24|listViewPageSize%3d10|siteTypes%3d1%2c2%2c3%2c5 

 

Garden centres
There are two garden centres in West Horsley: Squires Garden Centre on the A246, 01483 282911 http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/garden-centre/west-horsley/  and Spring Reach Nursery on Long Reach, 01483 284 769 http://www.springreachnursery.co.uk/ 
U3A  There is a thriving U3A serving both villages. There are over 40 activity groups. There are also nine monthly meetings each year for all members at which there is an invited speaker.  http://www.horsleyu3a.org.uk/  01483 283542


Horsley Countryside Preservation Society  The main objective of the HCPS is the preservation of the rural amenities and characteristics of the Parishes of East and West Horsley and it's members represent around 50% of the households of the two villages. http://www.surreycommunity.info/hcps/  01483 283657