Welcome to the Hinchley Wood website


This year's Elmbridge Borough Council election on 5th May will be contested under new ward boundaries which have been determined by the Local Government Boundary Commission, following a decision to reduce the total number of councillors from 60 to 48.  Hinchley Wood will become 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 have joined forces to sponsor three candidates in the forthcoming election.

Tannia Shipley, Nigel Haig-Brown and Janet Turner 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.

For more information and updates on the election, please visit our election website:

After the election a joint Working Group between HWRA and TDWGRA will consider longer-term working arrangements leading up to the selection of candidates for the  2018 election and beyond.  In the meantime, HWRA will continue to operate in the normal way, with Road Representatives’  and  General meetings carrying on as usual.




Neighbourhood Watch isn’t just about looking out for burglars any more.  Cybercrime is on the increase, and it tends to strike the most vulnerable people.  To combat this, we need to get information on all crimes, and the latest cyber cons, from the police to individuals quickly.
Neighbourhood Watch is ready to be this link, but needS more members to get involved.  To achieve this, Elmbridge Neighbourhood Watch is launched a publicity campaign on March 1.  The “Eyes Wanted” campaign will have flyers, and advertisements, in all areas of Elmbridge.

To accompany the publicity campaign, Elmbridge NHW is also launching its new website,

 By going to the website, and entering your postcode, you can click into crimes in your area, and you can join Neighbourhood Watch.  If you aren’t sure you have a street co-ordinator or you think you might be a member but aren’t active, they want to hear from you.



Residents may wish to be aware of another planning application for the Shell filling station.  This follows five full planning applications in the past 26 years, all of which have been turned down at appeal. This application doubles the retail floor space and includes a click and collect service. There would be seven extra car spaces.  All the services for air conditioning (which can be very noisy) would be at the back of the sales unit, which it is proposed will back square onto the houses in Hillcrest Gardens.  In respect of a previous application, the appeal judge commented on the adverse effect that a large expansion of the retail facilities may have on local shops.
Full details can be found by visiting the Elmbridge Borough Council planning website (http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/) and entering application number 2015/4443.



The Post Office have confirmed that refurbishment and relocation of the Post Office counter in Budgens will go ahead in the new year.  The counter will be closed from 12.30 on Saturday 9th January and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday 16th January.  The opening hours will thereafter be the same as those of the shop, i.e. 07:00 to 22:00, seven days a week.

Further information is given in a letter from the Post office viewable here.  The plans for the new counter can be seen by visiting www.postofficeviews.co.uk and entering the branch reference code 07103299.



RAGE in Elmbridge (Residents Action Group Elmbridge) is a new group set up to oppose Heathrow flightpath changes and expansion plans.  Fed up of increased flight noise?  Want to make your opposition to Heathrow expansion plans and increased noise and air pollution known to Elmbridge Borough Council and Dominic Raab M.P.? 
If so, you can join the group by emailing RAGEinElmbridge@gmail.com or find them on Twitter: @RAGEinElmbridge
The issue has previously been taken up by a local resident with  Dominic Raab.  His reponses and further correspondence with Airport Watch and Heathrow Airport can be seen here.  The correspondence includes information about the Heathrow Community Noise Forum, through which concerns about aircraft noise and related issues can be expressed.

A vivid impression of the volume of air traffic movements in South East England can be gained from a simulation viewable on the BBC news website.



This year’s FunDay on Saturday 12 September was a great success, with a very fortunate gap in the showers making for a warm and sunny afternoon in the Memorial Gardens.

 Deputy Mayor Councillor Tannia Shipley opens the Fun Day, with HWRA Councillor Janet Turner looking on.



Concerned residents have organised a petition to Surrey County Council urging the provision of a pedestrian crossing at or near this busy and dangerous junction, to make it safer for the many school children and others who cross the road here daily, and as a traffic calming measure on a stretch of road where speeding is a continuing problem.  If you would like to add your name to the petition, you can do so at Crossy's Home and Garden (26/28 Manor Road North).



Budgens have been experiencing some staffing problems with the Post Office counter service, and are in the process of recruiting extra staff and providing more training. They are also reducing the opening hours of the Post Office counter to: Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm. (The opening times for the main store are unchanged).
We are aware that many residents have had frustrating waits or have even had to abandon business since the new arrangements started, and we hope that these changes will improve matters.



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.

These major cycling events will once more take place on 30th and 31st July 2016, with resulting road closures around Hinchley Wood on Sunday the 31st.



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 26th April 2016


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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