Casual Vacancy on the Parish Council

Please consider standing as a Councillor to represent the views of your community.

There is a vacancy to join the Parish Council by co-option, so if you wish to join a dynamic group of individuals working together to make Headley even better, please email Tracy Hamer the Parish Clerk for more information on

No previous experience is necessary and training will be provided.

HPC Casual Vacancy

Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “As you will no doubt have seen in the national news over past couple of days, the NHS has confirmed that the COVID-19 mass vaccination rollout is now moving to include those aged 70 years and over and the Clinically Vulnerable under 70. This should without doubt be recognised as a positive milestone in the fight against this virus. At a local level, Surrey Heartlands NHS is asking for patience from residents. They are continuing to prioritise those 80 and over before contacting patients aged 70-79 and people in the clinically vulnerable groups. This rollout of the vaccine will reach you in the near future so, please, wait until you are contacted by the NHS with an appointment date. There is no need to contact them in order to seek a vaccine.

“There is also reason to be optimistic when it comes to the daily reporting figures of COVID-19 cases in Surrey, published by Surrey County Council. The figures across the board in Surrey have been slowly levelling out, and there are indications they are dropping slightly. Your compliance with the rules is making a difference. While this should rightly be recognised as encouraging news, we have been in this position before. We must continue to do all that we can to press these figures lower and lower. That means keep practising Hands – Face – Space and continue to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

“One of the accepted reasons for leaving your home is to shop for basic necessities. With few shops open, supermarkets appear to be extra busy. Why not book an online delivery or use click and collect services instead? Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. If you have to go to the shops, you should act like you’ve got coronavirus. You should visit alone, socially distance from others at all times and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. It is good practice to only pick something up from the shelves if you intend to buy it. Please try not to handle products, only to put them back.

“The new national lockdown has seen all non-essential businesses having to close again. These are really tough times for people in the retail and hospitality sectors who are unable to go work at this time. We are once more administering the government’s business support grants and are working as quickly as possible to put processes in place so that local businesses can apply for a grant if they’re eligible. For the latest information about available support grants, please visit our website.

“If you have any questions about what you can and can’t do under the new national lockdown, visit the GOV.UK website where it is all set out. Stay at home and take care of yourselves and others.”

Leader of MVDC statement – New National Lockdown

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Following the government’s announcement last night, England has returned to a national lockdown. The rules now in place closely resemble the tougher restrictions in place in March last year when the pandemic first struck.

“The last few weeks have been a particularly difficult period for everyone, with many of us spending the festive period away from loved ones. To follow that with a new national lockdown introduced at the start of 2021 is challenging further still, but this is all being done to help save lives and protect the NHS. Local lives are at risk. Surrey residents are in our hospitals right now, both battling to recover from this virus and those NHS staff working to save lives and ensure there is capacity available for others who need help.

“The introduction of this lockdown is being driven by the faster transmission of a new virus strain. We are asking that you take this, hopefully, ultimate lockdown very seriously. This includes not gathering in any outdoor spaces and the rules concerning exercise outside during the national lockdown have been updated accordingly.

“I appreciate we are all feeling fatigued by the number of changes to restrictions over the past ten months, but we must always remember our responsibilities to ourselves and each other and follow the rules. We must all continue to play our part by minimising the contact with one another to reduce hospital admissions in Surrey. There is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the vaccines being rolled out at this very moment and there is a collective hope that this latest national lockdown forms part of a final push to beat this virus.

“From today, please ensure you stay at home and only go out where absolutely necessary to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary. This is only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

“The complete government guidance concerning this lockdown can be found on the GOV.UK website.

“This period of lockdown, which is set to be reviewed in mid-February will surely test our resolve but we have been through similar periods before and come out the other side. We will do so again, of that I am sure. Take care of yourselves and others by following the national lockdown rules. Please continue to stay safe.”

Tier 4 Guidance

If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must follow the rules below from Sunday 20 December. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas for Tier 4: you cannot form a Christmas Bubble in Tier 4.

Mole Valley to Enter Tier Three Restrictions on 19 December 2020

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “The government has confirmed that Mole Valley will move into the Very High Alert, Tier Three, on Saturday 19 December 2020.

“This is not the outcome anybody desired, but we must continue to remain vigilant. We cannot become complacent and risk the health of ourselves and others by not adhering to the rules we will need to follow.

“We must all keep doing what have now become the ‘basics’ in these extraordinary times, including wearing a face covering in most indoor public places (except were exemptions apply), maintaining a two meter distance from those you do not live with and working from home, where it is practical to do so. The new rules state we will not be able to meet socially indoors or in people’s gardens with anyone you do not live with, or is not in your support bubble, and a total of no more than six people can meet in eligible outdoor locations from this coming Saturday. These places include, parks; beaches; the countryside, outdoor playgrounds and gardens, including those of historical places.

“Many local shops will remain open in a COVID-secure manner. Tier 3 does mean that hospitality venues including restaurants and pubs must close once again, though takeaways will be available. Dorking Halls and other theatres in Mole Valley must also shut. Our parks and playgrounds are remaining open and you will also be able to enjoy the facilities at the Dorking Sports Centre and Leatherhead Leisure Centre, though some restrictions do apply. Community Recycling Centres stay open, as will libraries, and you can attend places of worship for communal prayer. A complete breakdown of the Tier 3 local restrictions can be read on the GOV.UK website.

B2033 Tot Hill, D314 Tot Hill Lane and B2033 Leech Lane, Headley – Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020

Surrey County Council propose to make the above-mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) and (7) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to: a) Prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of: i) B2033 Tot Hill, Headley that extends from its junction with B2033 Leech Lane, for a distance of 150m; ii) D314 Tot Hill Lane, Headley that extends from its junction with B2033 Leech Lane, for a distance of 150m; and iii) B2033 Leech Lane, Headley that extends from its junction with D314 Tot Hill Lane, to Crabtree Lane. b) Suspend “The Surrey County Council Tot Hill Lane (D314), Headley (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2020” in its entirety. This Traffic Order is required to enable BT Openreach to access an overhead structure and to carry out telegraph pole renewal and/or cabling works.

These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm, within 1 day of the 12 month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 30 December 2020. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for emergency services, residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times. The vehicular diversion route will be via Leech Lane, Mill Way, Reigate Road, Bypass Road, Headley Road, Clay Lane and Church Lane.

Dorking Halls Reopens with Christmas Shows and Films

In line with the latest government guidance, Dorking Halls will reopen on Thursday 3 December. There are lots of festive, socially distanced shows, world-class event screenings and new films on throughout the month.

Customer safety is the priority, and the Halls has comprehensive safety measures in place following the latest government guidelines.

Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson performs Dickens’ classic festive fable A Christmas Carol on Saturday 5 December. This spellbinding show makes the perfect festive treat.

Swing into Christmas with Down for the Count Orchestra on Wednesday 9 December. They will perform the music of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

Cult hit event Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote comes to the Halls with an hilarious interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode, A Christmas Secret on Thursday 10 December. Super-fan host Tim Benzie will lead lots of socially-distanced games, with prizes up for grabs.

Children can meet Santa safely at The Socially Distanced Santa Show on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December. Join him on a journey to the North Pole with Jingleberry the Elf, Rudolph the Rapping Reindeer and Frosty the Singing Snowman. Perfect for 2-6 year olds, and every child gets a Christmas present.

A variety of world-class productions from the likes of the National Theatre, the Royal Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Ballet will be screened throughout December.

The Halls continues to show all the latest films seven days a week. New releases include festive films A Christmas Gift From Bob and The Loss Adjuster. Tickets cost just £8, and £7 for Friends.

The cafe will be open and serving drinks, snacks, sweets and popcorn.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Draper said: “The Dorking Halls team can’t wait to welcome you back, and have been busy putting up lots of brilliant Christmas decorations. They’ve also entered the venue into the Hello Dorking Christmas Window Competition. Do come and have a look at their sparkly gift voucher-themed display.

“We are heartened by all the support we’ve been receiving from our community, and the many positive comments we’ve had on our safety measures.

“If you have a theatre or film-loving friend, you can treat them to a voucher as a Christmas present. Or you could buy them membership to our Friends scheme, which gives you four free cinema tickets, priority booking on live shows, discounted cinema tickets and lots more benefits.”

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