Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams - In the know Surrey & Sussex

Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been
vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

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Annual Allotments Report - Parish Clerk

The allotments are doing well; in fact I think it is fair to say that they have kept people sane over lockdown.

They are fully occupied and we have 18 people (as at 5/3/2021) on the waiting list. I do feel that some of these will melt away as society gets back to normal. I am issuing the annual letter requesting payment this week, to include a paragraph advising people to give up if they cannot manage their plot – especially those with multiple plots.

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Data dashboard provides update on COVID-19 cases in Surrey

Surrey County Council has issued its first data dashboard highlighting the latest figures for cases of COVID-19 in the county. The figures show both the number of new cases and the rate of infection for the last 7 days in each borough and district in Surrey. The data dashboard will be updated and issued daily, and demonstrates our commitment to be open and transparent with data relating to COVID-19.

With cases still on the rise in most areas, residents should remain vigilant to slow any spread of the virus. The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to stay alert and adhere to the following guidance:

  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wear face coverings
  • Wash your hands regularly

Future data dashboards and bi-weekly data for Surrey (broken down by boroughs and districts) can be found at:

If you have Coronavirus symptoms – a persistent cough, high fever, or a change in smell or taste – then you should book a test by calling 119 or visiting

RHS Britain in Bloom Certificate of Recognition in 2020

Dear all Bloom, IYN and Community Gardening groups,

This year an amazing sense of community spirit has enabled people to face the difficulties of this dreadful pandemic together. Through Bloom, It’s Your Neighbourhood, and other community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your communities more resilient in these testing times. We know that people have felt closer to nature through lockdown and valued access to green space so much more, and we have heard that people are valuing your work more than ever before.

At the RHS and the Bloom Regions and Nations we have been incredibly moved by your stories of courage, creativity and ingenuity in helping your wider communities through this time. Even those groups who have not been able to carry out activities this year are still an important part of a wider movement to make all our communities stronger, greener and happier. We want to recognise how important you all are and how valuable your work is with certificates in 2020.

We hope that 2021 will be kinder to us all, and we look forward to working alongside you all in the year ahead.

With best wishes,

Kay Clark
RHS Community Development Manager

Consultation on admission arrangements for Surrey's community and voluntary controlled schools for 2022

Surrey County Council is consulting on:

  • proposed changes to admission arrangements for the majority of community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2022
  • Surrey’s relevant area – this is the geographical area within which schools must consult on their admission arrangements.

Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at

Why we are consulting  We have a statutory duty to consult on admission arrangements if we intend to make a change.The changes being proposed are as follows:

  • The majority of community and voluntary controlled schools – Removal of use of ‘nearest school’ as a criterion within the admission arrangements
  • Beauclerc Infant School – introduction of a sibling link with Chennestone Primary School
  • Horley Infant School – introduction of a reciprocal sibling link with Yattendon School
  • Onslow Infant School – reduction in published admission number for Reception from 90 to 60

    How can I respond to the consultation?
    The consultation on the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools and the proposed changes will run until Tuesday 1 December 2020. If you would like to take part please complete an online response form at ( Alternatively, if you would prefer to respond on a paper form, please telephone the Surrey Schools and Childcare Service on 0300 200 1004 to request a copy. Please note that only response forms which are fully completed with the respondent’s name and address will be accepted.

    What happens next?  
    After the closing date, responses will be collated and presented to the County Council’s decision-making Cabinet on 26 January 2021. It will decide whether to proceed with the proposed changes as well as determining the admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled schools for which no changes are proposed. Cabinet’s decision will then need to be ratified by the full County Council on 9 February 2021. Once determined the final admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled schools for 2021 will be placed on Surrey’s website at

Virtual Surgery for Surrey County Council Matters

Virtual Resident Surgery with Cllr Matt Furniss.  The next online surgery where residents can raise any local issues they would like help resolving in Artington, Ash South, Compton, Puttenham, Seale & Sands, Shackleford, Shalford, Tongham and Wanborough. is on Friday 24th July at 6pm. If you would like to book a slot please email me at


Please follow this guidance to keep everyone safe
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Ash Youth Centre – Universal Youth Work Proposal

Surrey County Council would like to invite residents to join the Universal Youth Offer Consultation Webinar which will  replace the 3 engagement events that were postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Whilst the webinar replaces the engagement events that were scheduled for the Discovery Centre, Ash Youth Centre, Woking Youth Arts Centre and Lakers Youth Centre it is also open to anyone who would like to know more about the proposed strategy and ask questions about any of the youth centres across the county. The closing date for the consultation is midnight 30 June 2020.

The webinar is a public event with no need to register in advance, just follow the link below on Wednesday 24th June 7pm to 8pm:

Youth Offer Webinar

The full proposal is available here:  Youth Service Consultation – Strategy

Can You Help Surrey Police?

Surrey Police are continuing to investigate an attempted robbery at the Post Office in Ash that happened on Sunday 21st June..

Shortly after 2:30pm on Sunday 21st June a man who had his face covered threatened staff with a knife and demanded money. The man caused damage to the shop situated on Guildford Road, but nothing was taken and no-one was hurt. The man left on a bicycle.

Officers have been carrying out enquiries in the area to locate a suspect and reviewing CCTV, but are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

If you have any information which could assist the Police’s investigation, please contact them on 101, quoting crime reference PR/ 45200063776. Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Phone Box at the Crossroads

As you all may know, the phone box has been adopted by the Parish Council; we can assure you that as soon as possible it will be repaired following mindless vandalism. However the question remains, what to do with it?
 Some suggestions are:
  1. Install a defibrillator. NB There is already one at the community centre in the Rec.
  2. A library – people can leave books they no longer want, and pick up another one. Maybe with an honesty box for charity?
  3. Plant area, for people to cultivate e.g. tomato plants and then sell them on, again with an honesty box.
  4. A mini art gallery.
  5. At Christmas time – a giant blow up snowman!
  6. Any other suggestions …. ?
Please email your ideas to the Clerk on – it would be great to have some really fun, innovative ideas!
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