New HRA website – and it’s goodbye from me!

May 27, 2013

The new edition of The Resident magazine is currently being delivered to households in Horsell – and among all the other news, you’ll see that the new version of the HRA website is now live. You can find it and keep an eye on its development here:

There’s a blog section on the new website, so this WordPress website will no longer be active.

I took over this site and the HRA twitter feed from the previous editor, Sarah, a couple of years ago – and it’s been a pleasure and a privilege! There’s a great new team working on the new HRA website, so I’ve decided to step down, but wish the HRA team all the very best!

Thank you for all your support!


Guest speaker from McLaren at HRA AGM on Friday 12th April

April 7, 2013

The 8th Annual General Meeting of Horsell Residents’ Association Ltd (HRA) will be held at The Village Hall, High Street, Horsell, on Friday, 12th April 2013, commencing at 7.30 pm (Doors open 7.15 pm).


  • Apologies for absence.
  • Minutes of the 7th AGM of Horsell Residents’ Association Ltd.
  • Matters arising.
  • Chairman’s report.
  • Treasurer’s report.
  • Election of Directors.
  • Election of members to the Committee.
  • Any other relevant business.
  • Guest Speaker from McLaren Group (see below)

Non-members wishing to attend the AGM are welcome to join the Association on the evening (£5 for annual household membership).

AGM guest speaker

We are pleased to announce that Simon Lake, General Manager at McLaren Group, will give the keynote address at the HRAL AGM on 12th April. Following a successful early career in property with Fidelity Investments, Prudential and Chesterton, Simon moved to Toyota. In 2001 the company entered Formula 1 motor racing and he became involved in logistics operations for the Toyota test and race team. In 2007 he became McLaren Group’s General Manager, where he is responsible for managing the operations, McLaren campus, property portfolio, McLaren Group’s environmental activities, new projects and a myriad of activities that fall into the ‘general’ category.

Come along for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative evening.

New edition of ‘The Resident’ magazine

March 9, 2013

The spring edition of The Resident, the magazine of the Horsell Residents’ Association, is on its way to Horsell residents thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer road stewards.

You can also download a PDF of the magazine, and read lots of the articles, on the magazine pages of the blog.

Among other things, this edition includes:

We didn’t have room to include the answers to the Christmas quiz, but they’re all available online, just click here.

If you would like to contact the editor, Linda Banks, with any feedback or suggestions for future editions, her email address is:

Horsell Village Show – the amazing “Miracle of the Marquees”‏

July 5, 2012

After the wonderful sense of community which was generated with the Jubilation I’m hoping you might lend a hand at the Horsell Village Show on Friday 20th and/or Saturday 21st July for just one hour.  We are putting together our rota of helpers for the day and it would really help Zoe and Carol (our Rota Queens) if you could offer them help with selling raffle tickets, helping to run a stall or perhaps keeping an eye on a marquee for just one hour on Saturday 21st July.  

Even more fantastic is the amazing “MIRACLE OF THE MARQUEES” where a mass of marquees are raised as if by magic. You can be a part of this exciting event on the afternoon of Friday 20th July at Horsell CofE Junior School. Please let us know if you or any of your friends have a little time to spare after 2.00 pm on Friday afternoon. If marquees aren’t your thing, tables, chairs, signs etc. all need someone’s attention.

One way or another the school playing field has to be transformed into the Village Show site by 7.30am on Saturday morning. The show is the oldest community event in Horsell. We don’t run it for a profit – we run it for you and your families and it’s been going for 150 years.  LET’S ALL KEEP IT GOING!

If you can offer any help, please call our Secretary, Marion Piper on 01483 855108 or email


Diane Fagence
01483 762621

Thinking about entering something in Horsell Village Show?

May 26, 2012

The schedules and entry forms for this year’s Horsell Village Show are now available on the Village Show website. Printed schedules will also be available in village shops.

There’s lots of information in the schedule about what you can enter (including vegetables and flowers you have grown, things you have baked, handicrafts, photographs and much more!) and how to do it. If you’re thinking about entering flowers or vegetables, you may find Bill Pugh’s tips in the last edition of The Resident magazine helpful!

The 2012 show will take place on Saturday 21st July at 2pm, in the grounds of Horsell C of E Junior School in Meadway Drive. This year there will be a McLaren F1 car, a hog roast, live music, punch and judy, morris dancing and much more! Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.

If you can spare some time to help, the organisers of the show would love to hear from you – even if it’s just for an hour – and particularly if you could help on the 20th or 21st July. Contact Marion Piper on 01483 855108 or email

For more information and to download a schedule or entry form, visit

Volunteers required for Horsell Village Show: 21st July

February 27, 2012

Our annual Horsell Village Show will be held on Saturday 21st July 2012 at Horsell CofE Junior School in Meadway Drive.

It’s a great afternoon out for all the family and gates open at 2pm.  For more information contact us at

This year we are particularly looking for volunteers to help for about an hour on Friday 20th July from about 5pm and also from 2pm on the afternoon of Saturday 21st July.

If you can spare an hour, please contact us at or call 01483 762621.

Diane Fagence.

Horsell Jubilation! Can you help?

February 12, 2012

Have you heard that Horsell is organising its own celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? 

The main event will be the largest street party that Horsell has ever seen with the whole village coming together for a big lunch, games and fun.

Younger residents are interviewing older residents about their memories of the village over the decades and plans to build a commemorative website are underway.

We want to ensure that as many people as possible get involved to make this an event to remember…

…and that is where we need your help!

Would you help spread the word to your neighbours? 

We’re very lucky to be able to communicate through our local schools, churches and community groups. But we need to reach beyond those channels to ensure that everyone in Horsell receives their invitation for Sunday 3rd June. That’s where you come in! 

What would you do as a ‘Road Rep’?


  • Make sure your neighbours know about the event by delivering the leaflets with event details. There will be one update like this every month so watch out for news.
  • Act as a contact for your road, receiving and returning information such as how many people are coming
  • Help to ensure that everyone can get involved on the day

How do you volunteer?

Simply follow this link or go to to add your name as the ‘Road Rep’ for your Street, Close, Avenue or block of flats! Then help us get the party started! Once you’ve signed-up you can also join the ‘Road Rep’ Facebook group.

Please print out and pin this message up at your local community groups and forward it by email to all your Horsell friends. 

It’s a VILLAGE celebration, organised BY the village, FOR the village!

Save the date: Sunday 3rd June 2012

Tony Kremer – Horsell Residents’ Association

Copy deadline for The Resident magazine – 31st Jan

January 13, 2012

Ever thought about submitting something to the print edition of The Resident magazine?

We welcome new ideas and new writers – and the new editor, Linda Banks, has set the deadline for ads and other submissions for the spring edition as 31st Jan.

Email comments, articles, photos or letters to Linda at

Horsell Village Show – appeal for volunteers

January 7, 2012

Readers of The Resident magazine will have seen the report and photos of our successful Horsell Village Show at its new venue last July. This year the show will take place on 21st July 2012.

As you may have noticed we have the space for a number of marquees, which are of course needed to accommodate the show entries, without the Village Hall in which to place the exhibits.

We were fortunate enough to have the Thursday afternoon and all day Friday to erect the marquees and set up the tables this year.  For 2012 we will not be able to gain access to the grounds until midday on Friday July 20th.

We are therefore launching an early appeal FOR YOUR HELP! If we could have some strong arms to help us erect the marquees on the Friday afternoon, that would be just wonderful. As an incentive, we are even prepared to offer helpers a refreshing pint for their trouble!

If you are willing and able to offer your services, please telephone me on 01483 855108, or send me an email. The email address is:

For those of you without such strong arms, we still need more help the day before the show with setting up tables. If you are able to volunteer your assistance please contact me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope to see you in 2012!

Marion Piper – Secretary, Horsell Village Show

Could you be the new editor of The Resident magazine?

September 3, 2011

The Resident quarterly magazine, delivered free to every household in Horsell and Woodham, needs a new volunteer editor.

A background in publishing or journalism is clearly advantageous but by no means necessary. The design and printing side of the operation is outsourced. The editor needs, first and foremost, to be someone who is passionate about Horsell, who wants to help community groups get their message across and who knows what people across the area want to read.

A group of people contributing to the magazine is already in place – the editor just needs to be able to meet them and organise contributions, as well as write whatever he or she believes has a place in the magazine. In addition the editor will need to liaise with Horsell Residents’ Association – attending management committee meetings – to ensure that HRA messages and issues are also conveyed to residents.

The advertising side is already established, so there are no worries there – in fact the magazine is in great shape all round, so there’s never been a better time to come and take over the editor’s job!

The magazine is quarterly and it is probably necessary for around 10 to 15 hours to go into each edition on the editor’s part, depending on how much they wish to write and the number of revisions needed.

For more information please contact Rob Harris on 01483 855449 or or Dorothy Smith on 01483 836031 or