Welcome to the Hinchley Wood website


Thank you to all the hardy residents who braved the ‘Beast from the East’ to attend our Annual General Meeting on  1st March.

We said fond farewells to our Chairman Frank Dabell, who has sadly had to stand down for  health reasons, and to Martin Higgs who has been active in HWRA and been our treasurer for the past 30 years , but who has recently moved away with his family to Walton upon Thames .

Saranne Bristow and Peter Arthur were elected as joint chairman in succession to Frank, and Shalini Gupta was elected to succeed Martin as treasurer.

We also selected Nigel Haig-Brown as our candidate to contest the forthcoming  Elmbridge Borough Council elections.  As Residents candidate for the Hinchley Wood and Weston Green ward, Nigel is supported by Thames Ditton and Weston Green Residents’ Association as well as by HWRA.

You can read more about the 2018 Council election and Residents' Associations policies and priorities by visiting http://www.hinchleywoodandwestongreen.org.uk/, or by downloading our manifesto.


HWRA Open Meeting - Thursday 10th May 2018 at 8 p.m. in St Christopher’s Church Hall, Claygate Lane.

The guest speaker will be your Surrey County Councillor Mike Bennison.  This will be an ideal opportunity to question Mike about  issues for which the county council is responsible, such as street lighting, roads and schools, so please do come along if you can.



Come rain or shine, the HWRA litter picking team goes out one Saturday in every month to tidy up around the village.  If you would like to join them in this community work, please contact Roy Turner on 020 8398 1565 or email roy60janet@gmail.com.

Roy would also like to thank the gentleman and two ladies who gave assistance when he came off his bike in Claygate Lane North on Monday 8th January.  Your help was much appreciated.Roy is glad to say no serious harm was done, and as the picture shows (far left), he was back in action last Saturday (20th January).



Residents will recall the recent consultation about the Local Plan which Elmbridge Borough Council is required by central government to produce, and in particular the concerns about the possibility of large-scale housing development on the Long
Ditton Green Belt around Woodstock Lane (see map below).
The Council received a large number of comments - around 50,000 from 3,760 respondents. All comments have been read and registered. The key issues raised have been reported to Councillors and a Summary of Consultation Responses has
been published, as well as the individual comments received to the Consultation. Further details can be found on the Elmbridge Borough Council website at http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/local-plan/.

A copy of the HWRA response to the consultation can be seen here.



South Western Railway are consulting on proposed changes to timetables from December 2018. For details please visit the SWR website https://www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and-help/timetable-consultation. The closing date for comments was 22nd December.



Surrey County Council (SCC) have published a formal notice of the conclusions in local newspapers and on their website (www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-andtransport/parking/local-parking-news-and-updates/parking-news-and-updates-in-elmbridge).
Details may also be viewed at Esher Library.
The proposals involve changes to permitted parking periods around the Memorial Gardens, double yellow lines in Manor Road North, and more restrictions around junctions.
Comments should be submitted by 22nd September via the SCC website or in writing (quoting Esher, Claygate and Hinchley Wood parking review) to Parking Team, Hazel House, Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ.


Heathrow has launched a public consultation on the emerging proposals to enable the expansion of the airport, as well as the principles of the airspace design that will be required.
This consultation - separate to the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement consultation - will run for 10 weeks until 28 March 2018. Many if not all households in the area will have recived a leaflet giving details, including times and locations of consulation events.  These can also be found by visiting www.heathrowconsultation.com.

There is an action  group, RAGE in Elmbridge (Residents Action Group Elmbridge), which has been formed  to oppose Heathrow flightpath changes and expansion plans. They can be contacted by emailing RAGEinElmbridge@gmail.com or found  on Twitter: @RAGEinElmbridge.


Hinchley Wood Care helps older people living in the Hinchley Wood area get to vital medical appointments.  They are desperately short of people to help them to take calls from people looking for transport and to book the volunteer driver.  It's a really flexible volunteer role and can be done fortnightly or monthly.  The phone needs to be staffed between 9:30am - 12pm.   If you would like to help please call Voluntary Action Elmbridge on 01372 463587.


2016 Council election and Residents administration in Elmbridge
In the 2016 council elections, the Conservatives lost overall control of Elmbridge Borough Council and Residents' parties formed an administration with the Liberal Democrats. 

Councillor Janet Turner was appointed to the Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, responsible for Arts & Culture; Sport & Leisure; Parks & Recreation; Promoting Healthy Lifestyles; Youth; Children's Issues (including Member Champion for Child Protection); Museums; Public Halls; Cemeteries; Tourism; and Public Conveniences.

Councillor Nigel Haig-Brown is vice-chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commitee and is a member of several other commitees, including Audit and Standards, Planning and Licensing.

The election was contested under new ward boundaries determined by the Local Government Boundary Commission, following a decision to reduce the total number of councillors from 60 to 48.  Hinchley Wood became part of a new Hinchley Wood and Weston Green ward with three councillors.

In the light of this, Residents' Associations in Hinchley Wood Residents' Associations in Hinchley and Weston Green  joined forces to sponsor three candidates:  Tannia Shipley, Nigel Haig-Brown and Janet Turner.

They are all existing councillors with many years of experience between them in looking after the interests of our local community in Council affairs.  They look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the local community in the new ward.


The incidence of scams of various kinds continues unabated. You could be approached to reinvest your pension fund or take out medical insurance, but it could equally be anything else: double glazing, solar panels, security alarms, a damages claim for PPI mis-selling, road accident or medical negligence, or many more, including people falsely claiming to be from your bank or credit card issuer.
Regardless, however you are contacted (by email, phone, letter, or doorstep caller),and no matter how convincing the approach might seem to be, the safest and most sensible response is to ignore it or just say ‘no thanks, I’m not interested’ and refuse to participate in any further discussion.
For more tips on how to avoid getting caught out, see the Spring/Summer 2015 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter, and please pass the message on to elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or relatives who are so often preyed on by these unscrupulous criminals.



Updates on major planning issues can be found in newsletters from the 'Save Hinchley Wood' group, copies of which (number 35 onwards) can be viewed here.



Meet the Beat:  Our local officers hold regular informal sessions where residents have the opportunity to meet up with them and have a chat about any local issues which may be of concern.
Please see the police team's web page for more details at:http://www.surrey.police.uk/my-neighbourhood/elmbridge/eldh/meet-the-neighbourhood-team

Neighbourhood Watch:  read recent Molesey, Dittons and Hinchley Wood Neighbourhood Watch newsletters here.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour can be reported online at http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/Council/safety/, or by
telephoning the community safety team on 01372 474399.

Immobilise database: this initiative gives residents the opportunity to register their moveable property at www.immobilise.com for free. This database of serial numbers entered by owners into a personal account is accessible by police on the beat countrywide. Using hand-held devices they can check, on the spot, whether an item e.g. a bicycle or any of “four satnavs in a rucksack” have been reported stolen.
In addition, cash convertors are required to check the database before concluding a transaction, and to inform the police at the time, if a hit indicates that an attempt has been made to sell stolen goods.
Obviously, to work effectively and to stand any chance of being reunited with your property, you need to register any property with a serial number or other identifying marks, and to report items that are lost or stolen.



The Residents' Panel is made up of local residents and who are asked for their views on the Council's services two or three times a year. This could be about anything the Council is working on e.g. council priorities, budget, recycling, crime.  It is part of the Council's drive to make it easier for residents to 'Have Your Say'.

In particular the Council are trying to promote an online panel as this means they can consult residents in an extremely cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The link to join the online panel is www.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.  However, if any residents would like to join but do not have computer access they can still join the postal panel by ringing Stephanie Barker on 01372 474394 (sbarker@elmbridge.gov.uk).


More volunteers are still needed to help with Hinchley Wood Care.  For more information please see clubs, societies and voluntary organisations.


The site is regularly updated with local news, information and features, and we welcome comments on the site and suggestions for improvements and new features. Please send us your feedback here.

Local traders, services, clubs and groups are listed free of charge on the website. If your organisation has not been listed please let us know the details and we will add it to the site. Local organisations can use the site free of charge to advertise forthcoming events, such as jumble sales, fetes etc.

Please contact us here to arrange for your organisation or event to be listed on the site.

Our Residents Association Councillors hold regular surgeries at which you can discuss problems directly with them. Please check the News & Events page for details.

Keep informed about local issues, including community safety alerts, significant planning applications and forthcoming events, by registering for our free e-mail bulletin service.  See contact page for further details.

Site last updated 12th March 2018


Did you know that the LWT series 'The Charmer' (1986), set in the 1930s and starring Nigel Havers, Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton, was partly filmed in Hinchley Wood? You can see some pictures of the filming here. It is also available on DVD from Amazon, but note that you will need a multi-region player.
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