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Our goal was and is to produce a lively and regularly updated site that will become a valuable community resource for all Outwood residents, organisations and friends of the village.

The site is intended to be a valuable addition to our existing local village newsletter, the Outwood News, which is already an essential village resource. While the Parish Council has provided a small amount of initial funding for the website (domain name and website hosting subscription fees), it is by no means intended to be a "mouthpiece" for the Council, but an all-inclusive resource for villagers and village organisations.

What's New?

Some of you may remember the 'old' village website. You'll see that this 're-launched' version has a lot more content, easier navigation and an all-round better look and feel.

For first-timers, you may find that one of the most useful starting points is the Village Diary - a one-stop shop for the key events taking place in the village each year. Say goodbye to clashing functions or surprise committee meetings - now you've no excuse!

Travel around the site a bit and you'll also find information on the work of the Parish Council; what's going on at our village hall, the Lloyd Hall (together with full information on bookings and prices); contributions from a number of village organisations; and links to several other relevant websites. Play around with the site - it won't bite you!

And, finally, please remember - this is a work in progress. While 'surfing' the site, if you think of any gaps, or areas that can be improved, or if you have any general suggestions or comments, do please let us know - see the Web Designers page for contact details. We'd also more than welcome any offers of help in developing the site - especially from the younger members of our community!


Surrey Fire and Rescue service - Safe and well checks for your home

Many fires at home start accidentally and can have a devastating impact on the occupants and their possessions. Knowing how to reduce the risk of fire in your home is an important part of living safe and well. The best way to keep safe from fire is to understand common fire hazards and reduce the risk from them in your home. Using the NFCC home fire safety checker is a great first step to fire safety in the home.

Free online home fire safety check

This easy-to-follow home fire safety check has been developed through a partnership between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Kills and Safelincs. It will take you through your home one room at a time and the simple questions will help you spot fire potential Hazards as you go around your home.

The tool will offer tips and advice on the steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fire. At the end, you will receive a personalised fire safety action plan to help keep you and your household safe.

The information will be shared with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service if you need additional care and attention; a member of the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Team will be in touch to arrange a free Safe and Well visit to your home to ensure that you are safe.

Alternatively, you can book your free safe and well visit by:

Calling us free on 0800 085 0767

Text/SMS 07971 691898

About Safe and Well visits

We believe that successful firefighting starts with prevention. So we have introduced a service where we can visit you, a loved one, or someone you care for at home to provide personalised advice about fire safety.

It's totally free, available 24/7, and we will even fit free smoke alarms during the visit if you need them.

We'll visit your home at the arranged time, day or night, and share our expertise. The visit is friendly and informal, and there's no need to tidy up or provide refreshments we're here to keep you safe, not for the tea! After a chat about fire prevention, we'll ask you to show us around your home so we can provide personalised advice on:

Cooking and smoking

Heaters and heating


Extra help and support

Depending on your person

les and fireplaces

Detection systems (smoke and heat alarms)

Bedtime checks

What to do if there is a fireal circumstances, we might also suggest extra help and support from other organisations. This could be to discuss things like fire retardant bedding or linking a smoke alarm to your Telecare system.

Do you know someone at risk?

We're committed to making sure everyone in our community has the right protection and prevention advice to help them maintain their safety, independence and quality of life. However, the following factors can increase a person's risk and vulnerability to fire, and reduce their ability to escape if a fire starts.

If you know or work directly with anyone who would answer yes to the following statements, please give them our details to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit. If they would prefer, you can also organise a visit on their behalf.

Smokes in their home

Is over the age of 60

Lives alone

Has: a) limited mobility, b) a hearing impairment or c) is blind or partially sighted

Would have difficulty responding to, or escaping from, a fire

Has had a fire before, or shows signs of burns or scorching in the home

Has learning disabilities

Is supported by family, carers and friends

Has a mental health condition such as dementia or depression

Has drug or alcohol dependencies

Doesn't have an alarm in all areas where a fire might start

Collects or hoards in their home

Are you, or are they, the parent or carer of a child or young person who set fires


Getting started with the NHS app

Come along to a free event to help you use the NHS app. The NHS app is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smart phone or tablet. At the session you will be guided through the process and by the end, you will be able to:

  • Download the app and register / login.

  • Book and manage appointments.

  • View your medical records.

  • Find test results.

Using the app, you can also:

  • Order repeat prescriptions.

  • View your NHS number.

You don’t need to know anything about apps, just bring your smart mobile phone or tablet to one of the sessions and the friendly digital team will help. Refreshments will also be available.

The NHS app support and advice sessions are at Oxted Library, 12 Gresham Road, Oxted RH8 0BQ, on:

  • Thursday 7 December 2023, 10am-12pm.

  • Thursday 11 January 2024, 10am-12pm.

These free sessions are being hosted by South Tandridge Primary Care Network and East Surrey College, working in partnership with Oxted Health Centre

Arts Partnerships

Up to £10,000 is available for artists and creative organisations working in a range of artforms for a set of one-year projects to be delivered from April 2024. Arts Partnership Surrey is looking for proposals that meet the following objectives:

  • Health and wellbeing: Improving the mental health of our residents and reducing social isolation

  • Economic development: Helping our local high streets, businesses and community hubs to thrive

  • Community empowerment: Making sure that everyone in Surrey has a voice in their community.

Stand-Up Against Harassment training

A key priority in Surrey’s partnership Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy (VAWG) is to create an anti-VAWG culture within our communities, workplaces and our everyday lives. Let’s put a stop street harassment!

On Wednesday 6 December, from 10am-11am, join a free, expert-approved Stand-Up Against Harassment bystander intervention workshop, created by Right To Be, sponsored by L’Oreal Paris and delivered in the UK exclusively by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, via Microsoft Teams. Sign up here.

Collection vehicle fire caused by lithium battery

We would like to remind residents not to put batteries in your rubbish or recycling bin. Recently, a lithium battery in one of the collection vehicles caused a fire, prompting the fire services to respond and affecting our collection service.

The cost to repair the vehicle, which is still in the garage, is over £17,000.

Batteries, as well as gas canisters and helium tanks can explode and cause a fire inside the vehicle. This also creates a risk to the safety of the collection crew and the fire service.

To dispose of:

  • Batteries, including e-cigarette batteries - put them in a small, tied sandwich bag next to your bin on your collection day. Your local community recycling centre and supermarkets also accept them.

  • Small electrical appliances and power tool batteries - put them in a tied carrier bag next to your bin on your collection day.

Gas canisters and helium tanks - make sure it is completely empty and contact the shop or supplier you bought it from to find out if they will take it back or take it to your community recycling

We are installing LED lighting in our council owned car parks

The Council is installing new energy saving lighting in council owned car parks in the district, which will result in reductions to energy usage, saving both money and carbon emissions.

Previously, the lighting in the car parks used high pressure sodium lights, which had a wattage output of 250 watts. These are being replaced with LED lights, which have a wattage output of only 54 watts.

We are investing over £10,000 to install this new LED lighting which will provide the following benefits:

  • Energy efficiency.
  • Reduced energy consumption.
  • Long term cost savings.
  • Improved lighting quality.
  • Improved safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Reduces security issues and they help to provide clear CCTV pictures

Actively Safe

Actively Safe provides personal safety and self-defence training for groups, private individuals, schools, universities and businesses and their employees.

The self-defence and personal safety courses for women and men of all ages are offered throughout Sussex, Surrey and Kent; they can be held at your school, business, home or at a location of your choice.

They offer the following personal safety training

  • Primary school workshops

  • Secondary school workshops

  • Corporate workshops

  • Women’s self-defence courses

  • Family self-defence courses

  • Private / small group self-defence tuition


Please contact Annabel Larkin - activelysafeuk@gmail.com for further information


Good afternoon

We are committed to supporting organisations in the process of decarbonising travel. Certain areas in Surrey are disproportionately impacted by air pollution due to varying levels of vehicles movements. We’d like to make the transition to electric vehicles more affordable to improve air quality in the areas that need it most.

The new A3 EV grant programme offers grants of £5,000 or £10,000 towards a new electric van. Organisations who drive a diesel van on the qualifying stretch of the A3 more than three times a week can apply to upgrade up to 10 vans.

The objective is to improve the air quality in Guildford, especially on this specific stretch, which sees significantly high levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions. The programme is delivered in partnership between National Highways, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

Having recruited and accredited commercial dealers, the programme launched with a successful dealer briefing event in Guildford, attended by 26 dealers from across the South.

The team has already received 3 successful grant applications within the first week. We are still adding more dealers to the accredited network and actively looking for business and charity applicants. For more information and to apply, visit our webpages.

Please share this information with your networks if you are aware of any organisations that could benefit from this scheme.

If you would be interested in a social media promoting this scheme to share via your channels, please respond to this email and we will share this with you.

Kind regards,
Surrey’s Greener Futures team

Please note you are free to unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time, to do this please respond to this email or contact greenerfutures@surreycc.gov.uk.


Are you a charity or voluntary group?

 Apply for a grant before 30 November


The Council is inviting local charities and voluntary groups which demonstrate the work they do improves the health and wellbeing of residents to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 from the Tandridge Together Community Fund.

 This fund is made up of money raised by people buying weekly tickets for the Tandridge Together Lottery. Thanks to the continued success of the Lottery means the overall fund available to local good causes this year, is £20,000.

 Councillor Jackie Wren, Chair of the Community Services Committee, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a fund of £20,000 which will help support good causes across the district, allowing them to continue their invaluable work in supporting residents’ health and wellbeing.

Since the fund started, it has contributed to a wide variety of projects helping support people of all ages and abilities such as children’s playschemes, specialist counselling sessions, lots of projects encouraging residents to get more active and re-socialise and offering confidential advice.

 The lottery has raised more than £240,000 for good causes and awarded over £120,000 in cash prizes to its lucky winners. We are grateful for the support from the good causes which have joined and our lottery players.”

 To apply, please visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/communityfund.


Surrey Connect electric bus service. Link to full details is below.  It does not, however, go to East Surrey Hospital.  Please feel free to express your disappointment to Surrey CC if you feel it should include this very important location.

Surrey connect: on demand bus service - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Helping residents with low incomes

On Monday 18 September, from 10am, we are inviting residents with low incomes to apply online for a small grant from the Tandridge Household Support Fund to help ease the financial pressures they may be facing.

The government funding is limited so residents should apply as soon as possible, as the application process will close when all the money has been allocated. Residents can apply even if they have received a grant from this fund before.

Eligible households with children will receive £350 and households without children will receive £150.

The Tandridge Household Support Fund webpage has details about:

Who can apply.

How you apply.

What financial information must be submitted.

How payments will be made.

The Westway Centre in Caterham and Citizens Advice can complete online applications for residents who don’t have access to the internet and local libraries have computers the public can use. Residents can apply by calling the Council on 01883 722000. They may be placed in a queue if we experience a high number of calls.

Councillor Catherine Sayer, Leader of the Council, said: “The fund aims to support households most in need, as a result of the large rise in the cost of living. If you have any friends, family or neighbours in the district who may be struggling financially, please let them know about these grants.

For anyone missing out this time round because the fund has closed by the time you apply, there will be another chance in the second phase which starts on Monday 11 December at 10am”.

For more information, please visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/supportfund.


For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza or Katharine Beynon on communications@tandridge.gov.uk or 01883 732704/2962.



Three years ago the National Trust kindly surfaced a section of Outwood Common between Outwood Butchers and Church Walk. As us Outwoodians know only too well, the thick clay soils during the winter months makes many areas almost unpassable, so this new path was extremely popular.

Prior to the pandemic, Outwood Parish Council were investigating ways in which they could improve the health and wellbeing for locals and our small numbers of visitors. It’s well understood that being out in nature, is good for our mental health and a healthy body helps promote a healthy mind. The addition of something that has the potential to improve fitness whilst outside seemed very appealing.

Parish Council, worked extremely hard to agree terms with the National Trust and also secure grant funding to meet the majority of the costs.


Trim trails are growing in popularity due to their ability to offer diverse benefits for all ages. Working with the National Trust and Andy Wright, (formally of the National Trust, but now running his own business, Conservation and Access), various options and styles were considered before deciding a natural looking trim trail would best suit Outwood’s rural environment.


The timber was purchased from sustainable woodlands locally, near Dorking. Many people wonder why we didn’t use the ash trees that had to be felled due to disease. Unfortunately ash timber is no where near as durable as the Douglas fir we used. The douglas should be good for 15yrs plus, whereas the ash would be unstable within 5yrs.

Enjoyment and benefits

Given that these logs don’t represent anything, (e.g. a pirate ship), there is an opportunity for young people to be creative in how they interpret the structures for play.

Those who want a cardio workout can vigorously use a trim-trail, whereas for others there are benefits from simply balancing along the logs. Balance training becomes increasingly beneficial as we age. Better balance leads to fewer falls and associated injuries.

We hope everyone will enjoy this new resource on Outwood Common. Please come along to the opening ceremony on Thursday 15th September 6.30pm on the new path just behind Outwood Butchers shop.



 An increased number of vulnerable and disabled residents on low incomes may soon be eligible for financial support to rectify serious disrepair or to adapt their homes, under changes we’re proposing to our Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy.


These changes will provide even more targeted financial help to enable more residents to live safely and independently in their own homes.


Vulnerable and disabled residents who live in council homes receive help and support through other means, so aren’t eligible under this policy.


We’d like residents’ thoughts on our proposals and you can have your say by completing our online survey by 5pm on Friday 12 August 2022.  


If you know someone who doesn’t have access to the internet, but would like to give their thoughts, please e-mail grantsconsultation@tandridge.gov.uk and we will arrange for them to receive a paper copy of the survey.



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Keyless Vehicle Theft Crime Prevention

What can I do?

Keep Car Keys Safe

Whilst at home keep your car keys away from the car to disrupt communication range.

Avoid leaving them near your door and windows.

Use a signal-blocking pouch

The pouch can block the transmission of the signal from the car key once inside the pouch

Turn off the fob’s wireless signal

Wireless signals on some keyless fobs can be turned off. Look in your car manual to see if this is possible. If not, contact your vehicle manufacturer.

Re-programme your keys

This erases the code from the car key to the car itself. This will mean a spare car key that is not in your possession can no longer be paired with your car leaving it susceptible to theft. Contact your local Master Locksmith Association (MLA) approved auto locksmith – www.locksmith.co.uk/services/auto-locksmith/ for quotes.

On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Port

Some thefts involve thieves breaking into the vehicle and accessing the OBD port to start the car. Below are a few options that may help secure your vehicle from this method of theft:

  Contact your local dealership or an auto electrician to relocate the OBD port in your vehicle.

  Consider the use of a OBD port protective cover or lock guard

  Consider a remote central locking keyless system upgrade or an upgraded immobiliser system to protect your vehicle. This can be very costly and only to be considered for higher end prestige vehicles.

Steering wheel lock

Strongly consider reintroducing a steering wheel lock to your vehicle. This can be an effective tool in the fight against keyless thefts, purely for the reason that it cannot be compromised via technology!


  If you have a garage, use it to secure your vehicle in.

  If you park on the driveway, park as close to the property as you can

  If you have more than one vehicle on your driveway park the less desirable vehicle infront of the more desirable vehicle to block its access.

Thatcham Research Consumer security Rating

Thatcham’s consumer security rating keeps drivers informed of the theft risk of new cars and assesses a new vehicle all-round security. This can be a handy tool to check before purchasing a vehicle. You can access the information via


Note – As with any additional security for vehicles, try to purchase devices that are:

  Thatcham quality assured – www.thatcham.org

  Sold Secure tested – www.soldsecure.com

Secured by Design approved – www.secured


Doorstep Crime:

Sussex and Surrey police have seen a number of recent reports of rogue trader fraud. One victim, a 94-year-old woman from West Surrey reported having a male knock on her door offering to jet wash her driveway. The male claimed it would cost £750
but would mean she didn’t have weeds growing on her driveway for up to 5 years. Sounding like a good deal the
victim explained she did not have this much to hand and would need time to withdraw it. The males tried to pressure the victim into withdrawing more cash immediately but then settled on taking £150 cash and returning another evening to complete the works. The
victim handed over £150 cash trusting these males would return. They didn’t return.

How to protect yourself:

  Do not engage with cold callers

  Always shop around for the best price; obtain more than one quote for work to compare prices and products

  Always check traders or doorstep callers’ identity; ask to see ID, check the traders is a member of a reputable trade body

  Do not hand over a cash deposit or pay in full before any work has been completed

  Double check facts and read the small print; make sure you fully understand the cost, what work is expected, time scales and
service expectations. Carefully check any contracts you are asked to sign to ensure you are happy with the terms and conditions.

  Its ok to say no, do not feel pressured into making a quick agreement or decision. Remember its your doorstep and your

Ticket Fraud:

A 62-year-old woman from Sussex reported a ticketing scam. The victim saw 2 concert tickets advertised on Facebook marketplace and took interest. The seller offered 2 tickets for £100 and claimed he would send them via recorded delivery. The victim asked to pay via PayPal, but the seller asked for a bank transfer only. The victim transferred £100 to the seller under the impression he was posting the tickets to her. The victim after a few days started to grow suspicious when no tickets arrived. The victim questioned the seller’s authenticity and he claimed if the tickets had got lost it was her problem. The victim was later blocked by the seller and realised she had been scammed.

How to protect yourself:

  Only buy tickets from the venue box office, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange site.

  Paying by credit card offers better protection, so use it where you can check sellers’ reviews online, have others reported to not receive the ticket / item they purchased? Do others suggest to stay clear?

  If you are buying from an individual, always pay safely. Do not bank transfer, instead use a credit card or a safe payment site that offers you protection.

  Confirm the event details are the same as the event advertisement, check the date, time, location, and seating options.

  It is always safest to book tickets through official sellers that are members of the self-regulatory body the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), as anything else could be a scam.

  If a site shows the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) logo, you can check if they really are members by contacting STAR directly.

Fake HMRC letters:

Sussex and Surrey Police have seen several reports recently from victims reporting to have received a letter claiming to be from HMRC. The letter details that the victim has overpaid on their tax and is due a refund. The letter states that a cheque has been sent to a particular company for them to receive the refund on the victim’s behalf and to redeem their refund the victim must fill in an online form with the company giving all their personal and financial details.

How to protect yourself:

  Contact HMRC to check the communication you have received is genuine. Contact information for HMRC can be found on Gov.uk.

  Do not provide any personal or financial details via a link given, cold call or email.

  Never use the contact details provided in the letter to check authenticity, always find genuine contact details online.

  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Holiday Booking:

If you are planning to book a holiday this summer, here is how you can keep yourself protected from fraudulent holiday offers.

  Book a holiday directly with an airline, hotel, or a travel agent. Check whether they’re a member of the Association of British Travel Agents.

  If booking through a holiday homeowner or letting agent; ask them questions about the booking, room, location, and area. And be extra cautious if asked to pay by cash or bank transfer.

  Always pay via credit or with debit card for extra protection.

  Do not reply to unsolicited emails, texts, calls or social media contact with out of the blue holiday offers.

  Always check that the website you are booking on has a padlock icon in the address bar.

  Check reviews online for holiday homeowners, booking sites and holiday adverts before booking.

Have you been a victim of fraud?

  Surrey Police on 101 or visit www.surrey.police.uk 

  Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.sussex.police.uk

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud call:

Report fraud or attempted fraud, by contacting Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or call 0300 123 2040.


If you would like a copy of the end of year accounts and reports, please contact the Clerk on parish.clerk@outwood.org