New vicar for St Mary’s
Following the retirement of long standing vicar Rod Jones earlier in the year St Mary’s Church in Horsell has now appointed a new vicar. Sarah Hayes comes to Horsell from Chipping Campden where she was Curate. Sarah previously had a career as a city lawyer. The new vicar does not formally take up the role until October.
Office to residential planning change
There are concerns over a planning application to turn what was the office of Plum products in the High Street into two flats. A recent relaxation of planning laws nationally means that changes of use from business to residential are encouraged and the planning authority has little control over these changes. There are concerns that two more flats in the congested centre of the village will only add to parking problems.
Muslim Burial ground on Horsell Common
The Grade II listed Muslim Burial Ground on Horsell Common is to be restored in time for commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War next year I am pleased that funding has been achieved to restore the site which was built in 1917 to inter soldiers from the Indian Army. There are no burials at the site (they have long since been removed to Brookwood cemetery) but the site will become a garden of peace and remembrance. It is a fantastic spot for a walk so it is great to know the structure will be returned to its original glory. English Heritage, Woking Council and Horsell Common Preservation Society are working together on the project.