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OPERA AT AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL IN AID OF MAYOR’S CHARITIES



A few tickets are still available for a performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the American Community School, Cobham on Sunday 3rd July at 7.30 p.m.

This special event is being held in aid of this year's two Mayor's charities, Elmbridge Community Link and CHEER..  The production was performed at the prestigious Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall a few months ago. It played to a packed audience over three nights – it had rave reviews and the company have been invited back to perform in the future.

The opera is abridged but all the beautiful arias and duets are included. It will be sung in Italian but the recitative will be in English…in other words, everyone will know what is going on!

The performance will commence at 7 30pm and there will be an interval for a glass of prosecco (included in the ticket price). Doors will open at 6pm for those who would like to bring a picnic…à la Glyndebourne! The grounds are beautiful but, if it rains, there will be room to eat indoors.

Tickets can be obtained through the ENTS24 website.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT HINCHLEY WOOD SCHOOL


Everyone welcome – entry is free




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REFURBISHMENT OF HINCHLEY WOOD STATION


We are pleased to see the completion of the refurbishment at the railway station, and particularly the installation of bicycle racks on the Station Approach side, which are already being well used.  Hopefully this welcome new facility will take some of the pressure off local commuter parking.


HWRA Councillors Nigel Haig-Brown and Janet Turner checking out the new bike racks.

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2016 Council election and new administration in Elmbridge
 
Residents candidates elected in Hinchley Wood and Weston Green………..Conservatives lose overall control of Elmbridge Council.
 
Following the elections held on 5th May, in which the Conservatives lost overall control of Elmbridge Borough Council, the Residents' parties have formed an administration with the Liberal Democrats. 

Councillor Janet Turner has been 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.

Separately from the change of administration, Councillor Tannia Shipley, having been Deputy Mayor in 2015/16 has, as expected, been elected to serve as Mayor for 2016/17.

Thus all three of our Hinchley Wood and Weston Green councillors now hold key positions, having been re-elected to the Council on 5th May with over 80% of the votes cast, as follows:

Tannia Shipley (Hinchley Wood/ Weston Green Residents’ Associations)                               1950
Janet Rita Turner (Hinchley Wood/ Weston Green Residents’ Associations)                           1906
Nigel Haig-Brown (Hinchley Wood/ Weston Green Residents’ Associations)                           1861
Charlotte Alexandra Sharman (Local Conservatives)                                                                 465
Martin George Fox (Local Conservatives)                                                                                  459
Craig David Harrison (Local Conservatives)                                                                               441

We thank all those who supported the residents candidates to achieve this result.

Across the Borough the Conservatives took 22 seats, Residents 19 and Liberal Democrats 7.  The Conservatives  therefore lost the overall majority they had on the previous (60-member) council, giving Residents and Liberal Democrats the opportunity to form the administration.

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 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:
http://www.hinchleywoodandwestongreen.org.uk/

A joint Working Group between HWRA and TDWGRA will now 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.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CRIME IS CHANGING AND SO IS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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,
elmbridgenhw.ourwatch.org.uk.

 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.

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PLANNING APPLICATION AT SHELL FILLING STATION

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.

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NEW ACTION GROUP LAUNCHED AGAINST AIRCRAFT NOISE AND HEATHROW EXPANSION

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.

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HINCHLEY WOOD FUN DAY


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.

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CHANGES AT HINCHLEY WOOD POST OFFICE

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.

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SCAMS

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.
 
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PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON AND SURREY CLASSIC 2016

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.

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PLANNING UPDATES

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.
 
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HINCHLEY WOOD POLICE PANEL & COMMUNITY SAFETY

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.

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ELMBRIDGE RESIDENTS PANEL
 
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).


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

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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 24th June 2016

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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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