Early Networking Start to 2018 for Cranleigh businesses

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast networking event on Tuesday 6th February, kindly hosted by the Chamber’s President, Richard Graham, at his High Street shop and cafe, One Forty.

Upon arrival, the 33 members and guests enjoyed breakfast and networking before hearing from guest speaker Tim Fifield, Business Development Director of BritWeb.

Tim’s inspiring talk, called ‘Digital Marketing for the Terrified’, was both highly entertaining and informative.

After asking the audience if they were a ‘Gavin’ or an ‘Annabelle’ regarding their approach to digital marketing, Tim outlined the vital importance of getting digital marketing right, and how to avoid social media errors, to attract new and retain existing customers.

SEO, Blogs, PPC, UX-CRO, links, e-marketing and video were amongst the issues discussed.

Tim also presented everyone with his 6-step guide on “Where to Start”. He kindly conducted a question and answer session after his talk, which everyone enjoyed.

The next breakfast networking event will be held on Wednesday, 14th March at 7.30am at The Richard Onslow.

The speaker for this event will be Peter Stevens of TWM Solicitors. Peter will be discussing the critically important new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with which all businesses, social enterprises, and any organisation holding address lists are legally required to comply.

Open to members and non-members, this is not one to miss!

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Celebrating International Pie Week

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Christine Martin is hosting a ‘pop-up pie night’ at Cromwells Coffee House on Friday 9th March 2018.

The event is in celebration of International Pie Week and includes three courses.

The menu includes chicken liver pate or mushroom soup and a bread basket for the starter, steak & ale pie, chicken & asparagus pie, or fish pie, served with a selection of vegetables for the main course, and cheese cake with a warm red berry coulis for dessert.

To book your places for an informal evening of delicious home cooked food, carefully selected wines and friendly service, email popup@cromwellcoffeehouse.co.uk or call Mike on 07931 320584.

 

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Centenary Garden in Cranleigh

A special garden project has begun to take shape in Cranleigh. Designed to honour local people who lost their lives over the past one hundred years in conflict and those left behind who ‘kept the home fires burning’ it is supported by Fields in Trust, the British Legion, Surrey County Playing Fields Association and the Cranleigh Parish Council.

The Parish Council has dedicated a corner of Snoxhall Fields to be a tranquil natural woodland style Centenary Garden to open November 2018 in time for the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918. It is being created by a group of villagers passionate about the village, gardening, local history and design. Andy Bamford of Cranleigh in Bloom has been involved, she says: “This is a worthwhile community project, putting a garden at the communal centre of this area.”

“Uniquely in this country,” says Chairman of the group Liz Townsend, “there will be an interactive element to allow visitors to listen to voices from the past. Letters from and to the Front in the First World War, as well as a ‘Listening Project’ style set of interviews from the Second World War and in more current conflicts.” These voices will come from the villages of Ewhurst, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Dunsfold and Alfold as well as Cranleigh. The experience will be both physical and virtual with QR codes connecting the garden to a website, audiovisual material and further content.

“I have had previous experience of creating oral history projects and they are very significant in bringing people together.” says Brian Freeston a member of the group. “This area is facing huge change in a very short time and many more people are going to ask themselves just what it means to belong here. The one thing we can all share is a common past and this project could go a long way to answer that.”

A fund has been set up for donations.

Please contact Cranleigh Parish Council for a donating leaflet at the contact page on
www.cranleighpc.org.

For further information please contact Parish Councillors Brian Freeston brianfcpc@gmail.com or Liz Townsend liz.yourcranleigh@gmail.com

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An invitation to Waverley’s annual business meeting

Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend Waverley’s annual business meeting.

This meeting on Tuesday 20th February 2018, starting at 8.30am, at the council offices in Godalming is your opportunity to get ahead of the crowd and find out what’s going on with:

1. Waverley’s Local Plan

2. The council’s budget for 2018/19

3. Business rate changes

o What benefits the business rates retention Surrey pilot could bring to the local economy.

o Why a Business Improvement District (BID) is being looked into for Waverley.

You can find out more and register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waverleys-annual-business-meeting-tickets-41458141417.

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Council Tax 2018/19 – Have your say on proposed police funding

Would you be prepared to pay more in council tax to sustain our policing levels?

That is the question Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Munro is asking Surrey’s residents as he launches his annual budget consultation to help him decide on the police precept for the next financial year.

The PCC is inviting the public to fill in a short online survey on whether or not they would support a proposed £12 increase a year to help protect frontline policing over the next year and create a more sustainable service in the years to come.

The survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday 14th January, can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Consultation201819.

One of the PCC’s key responsibilities is to set the overall budget for Surrey Police including determining the level of council tax raised for policing in the county known as the precept.

On Wednesday last week the Government announced that the precept cap for policing has been raised from the previous level of 2% – giving PCCs the ability to go up to a maximum increase of £12 on a Band D Council Tax bill in order to be able to protect front line policing. For Surrey this proposal would mean residents’ average Band D council tax increasing from £224.57 to £236.57 a year. This equates to a 5.3% increase to be applied to the policing element of council tax for all residents.

Surrey Police has reduced its reserves to the lowest level for any police force in the country and plans to make £5.3m of savings next year.

Prior to the Government announcement, the PCC was asking the Chief Constable to consider where further service cuts would need to be made, which would inevitably have led to reduced numbers of police officers.

An average £12 a year increase in council tax per household will allow Surrey Police to protect local policing teams and keep the Neighbourhood Policing footprint at current levels. It will ensure that Surrey Police is better placed to anticipate and respond to increasing threats, such as cybercrime and child abuse. It also allows investment in efficiency programmes and better IT, giving Surrey a police force fit for the future and better equipped to protect residents from criminals.

PCC David Munro said: “Asking the public for more money is never an easy option and I can assure residents I’ve thought long and hard about what is the right level of precept, taking everything into account.

“It has been a challenging year for policing, not least in the response to terrorism. The Government has rightly invested more money at a national level in tackling this and other issues such as cyber-crime. But at the same time, local forces, including Surrey, are continuing to see a rise in demand for their services against a backdrop of rising levels of reported crime.

“Whilst some of our dedicated teams are busy tackling growing demand in areas such as domestic abuse, sexual offences, online crime and child abuse, these officers, by the nature of their work, cannot provide a visible patrol presence on our streets. However, I’m also aware that more ‘visible’ issues such as burglary and anti-social behaviour continue to concern residents in our communities.

“I believe Surrey Police provides a good service for the public but is currently running at the limit of its capabilities, putting that under serious threat. The Force must find substantial savings over the next four years and when you add that to the recent unfunded pay award of 1% to police officers and rising inflation – it is clear the financial strain is increasing all the time.

“It is my view that if we are to continue giving residents an effective police service now and in the future, this rise in the policing element of council tax is necessary and the right option for the Surrey public.

“The public must get value for money from their local force, of course, and we are currently working on projects to make savings in the longer term by rationalising the estate, exploring further regional collaboration and seeking better use of upgraded technology.

“Setting the policing element of the council tax is one of the key decisions a PCC has to make so it is really important to me to get the views and opinions of the people who will be paying it. I would ask everyone to take a minute to fill out this brief survey and let me know their views which can help me make my decision.”

To read more about the PCC’s proposal and the reasons for it – click here: http://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/consultation/

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Burglary warning for Cranleigh

There has been a recent spate of burglaries in Cranleigh, with one of our committee members who lives in the Hitherwood area a recent victim.

We understand the burglars are after jewellery and the police believe they are in and out of properties in a matter of minutes.

They have been focusing on bedrooms, as this is where they know ladies tend to keep their jewellery.

Please stay safe this Christmas and consider taking some additional measures to secure your property.

The following burglary prevention tips come from Police.uk:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window)
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (opens in a new window)
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault
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Dates for your diary in 2018

As this year draws to a close, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been busy planning a packed event calendar for 2018.

Please add the following dates to your calendar and get in touch with us if you would like to be involved in sponsorship, organising or otherwise supporting any of the following events next year.

Village Events

Spring into Cranleigh is back next year, taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018. This village-wide event will have an Italian theme, with an Italian market booked for the day in Stocklund Square and lots more happening along the High Street.

We are still looking for a headline sponsor for this event. Please email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk to find out more.

Cranleigh Food & Music Festival is back for a fourth year on Saturday 22nd September 2018. This event is a collaboration with Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Expect food and drink stalls at Cranleigh Arts Centre, a live music stage at The Three Horseshoes, food stalls throughout the High Street and much more.

Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018. We have a sub-committee meeting in the New Year to decide what format this event will take in 2018. All offers of help are very welcome.

Cranleigh Santa Dash is coming back for a second year, on Sunday 9th December 2018. Entries for this event, co-hosted with Rotary Club of Cranleigh and Cranleigh Sunflowers, are already open.

Chamber Events

Our programme of networking events starts on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a breakfast meeting at One Forty. Our speaker for breakfast is Tim Fifield from Britweb, talking about social media marketing.

Our second breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at The Richard Onslow, with Peter Stevens from TWM Solicitors talking about GDPR.

It’s our AGM and annual dinner at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club on Tuesday 17th April 2018, always an entertaining evening and great for partners too.

We’re hosting a networking lunch at Elmbridge Village on Thursday 10th May 2018.

On Tuesday 12th June, join us at The Three Horseshoes for social drinks and networking after work.

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ takes place on Thursday 19th July 2018 at The Richard Onslow.

We’re back for a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018, where our venue is The Park Hatch.

On Monday 15th October, we visit Godalming for the new Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards 2018. More news on this exciting event very soon.

Our networking events calendar next year finishes with a networking lunch at Hurtwood Park on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

You can find out more about our networking events and book online at http://cranleighbiz.co.uk/events/

We are always looking for interesting speakers for our breakfasts and lunches. Do email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk with any suggestions.

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Waverley Borough Community Infrastructure Levy

There is a forthcoming consultation on the Waverley Borough Community Infrastructure Levy.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new developments to raise funds to provide infrastructure. The money raised could be used towards improvements to roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities.

Earlier this year, as part of the preparation for the introduction of CIL, the Council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, which set out a proposal for the developments that would be liable to pay CIL, and what the proposed charge would be.

The Council has considered the responses made and updated its evidence base accordingly.

They are now consulting on the next version, the CIL Draft Charging Schedule, for a six week period from 15th December 2017 to 11.59pm on 26th January 2018. Full details of how to get involved in this consultation are available on the website at www.waverley.gov.uk/CIL.

You will be able to comment online, by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk (preferably using the response form) or in writing to: CIL consultation, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

During the consultation you will also be able to view copies of the Draft Charging Schedule and other supporting documents at the Waverley Borough Council Offices in Godalming and at the locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

Please note that representations will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

For further information, please contact the Planning Policy team by email at planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk or by telephone at 01483 523291.

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Lighting up Cranleigh for Christmas

Lighting up Cranleigh for ChristmasWith the festive season approaching fast, the Christmas Lights committee of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been suffering from some sleepless nights.

The cause of this nocturnal disturbance were the Maple Trees lining the entrance to the village and how these will be illuminated during the festive season.

These much-loved trees, originally planted in 1890 (and not, as local rumours persist, by Canadian soldiers during the First World War!) have for years been lit during the Christmas period by strings of fairy lights.

In recent years the lights used have proved to be less and less reliable and difficult to maintain resulting in some of the strings not working after the initial switch on.

“At one point, we thought we would be unable to light the Maple Trees at all this year. We lacked the money or solution to this particular challenge,” said a spokesperson for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

The main contractor for Cranleigh Christmas Lights presented an idea to use low voltage LED uplighters with the light illuminating the tree branches.

Local businesses responded generously to a call for sponsorship, as they do every year, but this year more than ever due to the increased costs.

Following consultation with the local Tree and Woodland Officer, new uplighters have been fitted to 17 of the Maple Trees lining the Common.

Next week will see the decorations being attached to 42 lamp posts along the High Street, a number of which have been replaced with new ones and others reconditioned.

The following week the main Christmas Tree will be positioned in its usual place in Fountain Square and others mounted on the pergolas in Stocklund Square. Further small trees will be installed in brackets fixed to buildings along the High Street.

The big switch on event will be on Saturday 18th November 2017. Stocklund Square will be filled with Continental Market stalls from 2pm onwards and visitors will enjoy music from the Godalming Band starting at 4pm.

Across the road in Fountain Square, entertainment starts at 5pm with performances by Park Mead School Ukulele Band, sing-a-long carols led by Godalming Band, and local singer/songwriter Lucina Pearson who is performing tracks from her new album.

The vintage bus from Tiger Lily bus will be selling mulled wine. There will be fairground rides from Bensons, children’s entertainers and a visit from Father Christmas, arriving in style on the Cranleigh Lions Santa Sleigh.

The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by local schoolboy Oscar Lewington, joined on stage by Father Christmas and a Channel 4 reality star, who will be performing his new Christmas single in front of the cameras filming for a television Christmas special.

Do join us for what promises to be a very special afternoon of live music and festivities. Cranleigh High Street will be closed between Knowle Lane and Stocklund Square from 5pm to 7pm, with local diversions in place.

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