An appeal from our local supermarket staff.


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Don’t buy more than you need. 


We have been contacted by some very unhappy and vulnerable sales assistants working in our local supermarkets. So let’s play nicely because they deserve the same respect as our NHS and other key workers who are all on the front-line.

When the Government says, shop once a week, it means just that, shop once a week. If we have to go without fresh strawberries, or our favourite brand of ground coffee – so what. Take an alternative or go without, don’t go back and try, and try again. Or soon we may find our supermarket friends, are not there to serve us and where will we be without them?

REMEMBER.  Supermarkets are working with suppliers to scale back the variety of foods and groceries available, and instead are focusing on maintaining supplies of staple products.

Here’s what they say:  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
Just because we are open doesn’t mean we are here for you to spend your time BROWSING around. We are designated as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE. We are not here for you because you have nothing else to do. We are not here for you because you feel like getting out of the house for a while. We are in a STATE OF EMERGENCY. This is NOT A VACATION! Every customer who walks in our doors PUTS US AT RISK.

We really don’t want to be here, but we realize that we are needed. YOU don’t see how many times a day we wash and sanitize our hands to try to keep ourselves safe. YOU don’t see our upset co-workers in the break room struggling to keep their composure. YOU don’t see our spouses who worry about us every minute we are at work and who are our strength when we get home. We have our jobs to do and we realize the IMPORTANCE OF OUR JOB TO YOU. The LEAST you can do is come in with a sense of purpose, get what you need, and get yourselves HOME. IN AND OUT.
Please share, maybe we can get the message out there.

Cranleigh man has a close shave for the NHS.


Everyone is being told during these difficult times – ‘to keep your hair on and don’t panic.’ But Jason Tetley had a better idea.

Others are finding innovative ways to cut the family’s hair, with the kitchen/nail/pinking scissors!   Cranleigh’s Jason Tetley put his shears to good use on behalf of all the hardworking NHS staff who are risking their lives in a bid to save ours!

Jason, a member of Cranleigh Rugby Club is now a shadow of his former self. He  is pictured here after his close shave which so far has raised £3,000 for NHS charities.

Thanks to the Cranleigh Community Group for sending us the before and after pictures. You can still donate by clicking on the link below and going to the justgiving link.

Cranleigh Rugby Club scores a try for volunteers as Street Champions and the NHS.


Cranleigh Rugby Club scores a try for volunteers as Street Champions and the NHS.


Please send the Waverley Web a picture – when you are a hairless wonder Mr Tetley.

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Hello Everyone,

As a lot of you know I have had my beard for a very long time. If i get 300 likes on my Facebook post and you donate some money into the NHS charity, I will shave off all my facial hair and my head hair tonight!! 

Many thanks for your donations so far and stay safe!

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Go on put your name down to help Liz Townsend’s Street Champions – You know every little helps!

Just click on the surveymonkey link below.

Become a Street Champion in Cranleigh

Help your community during the Covid-19 Crisis – Cranleigh Street Champions

Liz Townsend, Chair of the Cranleigh Parish Council has put a shout out to Cranleigh Rugby Club as they need our help. They desperately need more volunteers to sign up as Street Champions to help the elderly, the vulnerable and those in self-isolation. These guys provide a vital service in the Cranleigh community, in looking after people that live close by; from picking up medication to providing basic food essentials or even just a phone to call to check in that they are ok. Depending on the time you can provide you will be paired up with a few people that need our help at this unprecedented time.

As many of you know Liz Townsend is Phil Townsend’s (CRFC Grounds Secretary) wife. She does a huge amount of work for Cranleigh and our community, it would be great if we can pay something back, support this initiative and look after our neighbours.

All the details are on the link below,

So where does this latest Government directive leave ‘Our Waverley.’


Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 10.30.54.pngThe government has published a draft statutory instrument to enact measures to allow planning committee meetings to be held remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, as part of the government’s emergency Coronavirus Act, changes to the law were introduced that would allow councils to hold virtual planning committee meetings in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the measure required secondary legislation to be introduced before it can come into force.

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Is this really what local councils across the country wanted – we ask? Wouldn’t it have been sensible in our hour of need to commit council workers to support the community?

Does the Honourable Jeremy and the Hon Angela concur with a Government that wants controversial planning applications being considered, effectively behind closed doors? Oops, forgot – he’s busy shouting for more testing, despite failing a test run for a pandemic in 2015/16 when he was S of S for Health! As for Angela – she says she is busy being a “keyboard warrior,” no ‘Street Championing’ for her she did all that in the election!

We can hear the whoops of joy from the shove and shunt brigade eager to start digging when the country is in a hole. In fact the biggest hole since WW2 – and even then we knew where the enemy lurked, and it wasn’t on our supermarket handles! How does the public make representation in person?

Do we all go on Houseparty? Zoom? Skype? Do councils have the necessary technology? It’s difficult enough to get a decent webcast in normal times.  One  that starts at the beginning, and operates throughout effectively at ‘Your Waverley.’

So as from Saturday, the Government has ruled the following. And councils will no doubt be forced to obey, or… what? Find its funding reduce even further?

Commenting on the regulations, planning barrister Chris Young QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, said they provide “remarkable clarity” in relation to the acceptability of remote attendance and use of video-conferencing and live webcasts.

“To some extent, they bring the antiquated planning system kicking and screaming into the 21st Century,” he said.

Well, of course, he would wouldn’t he? After all Chris Young earns squillions at public inquiries on behalf of the shove and shunt brigade. How much nicer to have it all conducted with as much ‘remote attendance’ as possible. Even the pesky public, who don’t possess the technology could be ruled out and stay – locked-down – forever.

Young highlighted section five of the regulations which makes clear that any reference in other legislation that local authority meetings must involve persons being present in the same place can now be met by councillors attending remotely, provided four conditions are met.

These are,  that members in remote attendance must be able at all times “to hear (and where possible see) and be so heard (and where possible be seen) by the other members in attendance”; to “hear (and where possible see) and so be heard etc, by any member of the public entitled to attend the meeting”; and “to be heard (and where possible be seen) by any other member of the public so entitled who are present or accessing the meeting remotely”.

In addition, members using remote access “must be able to hear and be heard by any other member in remote access”, the regulations say.

Young also highlighted sections 13, 14 and 15 of the regulations which define a meeting being “open to the public” to include access through remote means including video-conferencing, live webcasts, and live interactive streaming.

He said that, these “are important not only for local council meetings, but what they also suggest is acceptable for other public forums in planning such as planning inquiries and hearings and, potentially, public consultation”.

Young said he would expect to see the regulations in force by the end of this week or the start of next. In fact it starts on Saturday.

The Waverley Web is calling for another round of applause – this time for the army of volunteers in ‘Our Waverley.’



From Elstead to Ewhurst and Bramley to The Bourne a steadily growing army of volunteers are mobilising and are marching into towns and villages across the borough of Waverley. Some, particularly in the smaller villages, lept into action within days the lock-down being called, others taking just a little longer.

 Often with military precision, those essentials like milk, bread, and prescriptions, were on their way to the housebound. Not only to those tagged as ‘the frail vulnerable elderly,’ a label they want to shake off quicker than the Coronavirus – but for many younger vulnerable people with various health conditions, asthma, lung conditions and diabetes.

In some towns and villages, the campaign is being led by church groups, in others by those stalwarts in the town and parish councils.

No time to stop and smell the coffee for these champions of our streets. In fact, it may not be too long before even that will become a luxury with prices in Brazil close to record levels – nearing £85 per 60kg bag!

With day centres shut for ordinary business, Meals on Wheels are being rolled out by hardworking Waverley staff and volunteers through regional day centres in the major districts.

Local clubs and organisation have been doing their bit too – and in Cranleigh, the parish council has mustered over 100 volunteers – calling them ‘Street Champions’ saying the response to its call for help has been tremendously encouraging, with more volunteers welcome.

We have received numerous uplifting stories from the village that boasts the motto  ‘Cranleigh Cares.’ This morning Waverley Executive member Liz Townsend was on BBC Surrey extolling the virtues of ‘Your Waverley’s’ efforts to serve its residents.

Here goes Liz The Biz: on BBC Radio Surrey.

It has not been sitting idly by, despite the offices being closed to the public. It is acutely aware many of its residents and businesses have been seriously affected by the coronavirus and is working tirelessly to provide support in whatever way it can. 

It has been mobilising its staff to ensure its 123,000  residents and businesses are thrown a comfort blanket – through either financial help with rates, rents and general services. One very useful tool in ‘Your Waverley’s COVID-19 toolbox is the introduction of the ‘Stay at Home Directory search. Log onto the Waverley Borough Council website and add your particular town or village and at a glance, you will see which businesses and services are still at work in your area.

‘Stay at home’ directory search

Search the directory.  Whether you want a paper delivered or fancy an Indian takeaway or Fish and Chips – it will be delivered to your door.

And if it all gets too much for you Bramley residents have their own way of combating stress.

They are participating in a collective, constructive, and hopefully uplifting exchange. It’s a one-time thing and they say they hope residents will want to join in.

Please send a poem to the person whose name is in position 1 below (even if you don’t know them), with the email subject Poem Exchange. It should be a favourite text/verse/meditation that has affected you in difficult times. Or not. Don’t agonize over it. If you’d like to send a poem in your own language and provide a translation, please do so!

  1. Ann Sylge
  2. Mary Hainline

After you’ve sent the short poem/verse/quote/etc. to the person in position 1, and only that person, copy this letter into a new email. Move my name to position 1, and put your name in position 2. Only my name and your name should show in the new email. Send it to 20ish friends BCC (blind copy).
Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new pleasures? The turnaround is fast, as there are only two names on the list, and you only have to do it once.

Stay safe and well.

A month is a long time in politics.


But a month during a pandemic could be very much longer?

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Boris Johnson’s “smash the system” approach to public policy was poised to reach every street, town, village and field in the country soon, very soon. That is until the Covid-19 Virus hit the UK – It has hit the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health – and even Dominic Cummings the PM’s Special Adviser.

However, be warned, the Government is preparing to dynamite development controls and unleash market forces on our physical world, moving power from councils to developers and inflicting great harm on the built and natural environments.

Remember these names: Dominic Cummings; Andrew Sabinsky and Jack Airey – all of whom may have a lasting impact on our lives, when our present virus contagian is over.

Or maybe, just maybe, we will all take stock of how we do things in future?

 Jack Airey is leading the charge to stip local councils of meaningful control over local developent. He spells it out in his manifesto: ‘Rethinking the planning system for the 21st century.’

Airey is undoubtedly right that the planning system is not fit for modern times. Fertile countryside is being gobbled up for ugly sprawling, car depedent, amenity-free housing developments in areas like Waverley where the infrastrucutre is either poor or non-existent.

You only have to look out of your car window to reveal how much of our countryside is being gobbled up by identikit, soulless, mediocre housing designed around cars. Earlier this month, the housing minister, Kit Malthouse, predicted that many of the boxes being thrown up on the outskirts of towns would soon be ripped down and bulldozed as unsuitable.  

 Poorly planned building is exacerbating the menace of floods. Too few new buildings minimise their carbon footprint and developers constantly dodge their obligations to build social housing.

Let’s face it we have numerous examples of that here in ‘Your Waverley,’ and no doubt when life gets back to normal, if it ever gets back to normal, developers will be bleating to our planners that their sites are not viable if they are forced to provide the social housing they promised. Some developers are already flogging off their un-sold properties to the borough council.

There are too few homes. Planning decisions can take too long and the rationale can be opaque. But junking democratic accountability and putting developers in charge is not the answer. Neither is the answer to allow Government Inspectors to overthrow local democracy with gay abandon, often for the most spurious of reasons.

But as councils have repeatedly demonstrated, it is developers who are holding back housebuilding, rather than the planning system. Figures released by the Local Government Association earlier this year revealed that 2.6m units have been granted planning permission by councils since 2009-10 – but only 1.5m have been completed. Even allowing for the inevitable lag between permission and building, that is a poor hit rate.

The number of planning permissions granted for new homes has almost doubled since 2012-13, with councils approving 9 in 10 applications.

As the LGA says, councils need powers to step in where sites are left dormant, while they have an essential role to play as builders of affordable, sustainable high quslity homes. 




Another piece of Alfold countryside to bite the dust?


Village leaders in Alfold have sent out a message to  residents – speak up now if you wish to object to another 80 homes being built in the village.

Although the deadline for commenting on a scheme for 80 new dwellings on land adjacent to the BP Garage site near Alfold Crossways was last week – there is still time.
Here’s the link:
The parish clerk said:
Everyone in the Alfold Parish has the right and opportunity to make individual representations on the proposals – not just the Parish Council. Councillors urge you to think about the effect of more houses in Alfold and whether you would welcome them if you would like to make a submission. Waverley Borough Council requires 5 letters of objection before the matter is referred to the Planning Committee for determination. If not enough letters are received, it will not get this far. It is so important that villagers have their say in the future of Alfold, and this is application will have far-reaching implications in the long term. Please do use your voice – Julie

That man in Bristol has been busy dumping homes on Alfold – again!

Look at point 21 in the Government Inspector’s decision on another Alfold appeal site, where the claim is made that Waverley has only a 3.9-year housing supply. then you will realise how important it is to object, object, object.


Alfold Resident Denise Wordsworth said:

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Wish you had looked after your teeth?


We are in extraordinary times!

Non Urgent dentistry is suspended, as dentists could be asked to provide support for the National Health Service.

Dentists have been advised to stop all face-to-face consultations until further notice and all routine non- urgent surgery has stopped and replaced with a remote urgent care service providing telephone triage. If you are in a bad way you will be referred to your local urgent dental care system which has been set up in every NHS region to provide EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENT.

You wouldn’t Adam and Eve it, but some people are already considering self-extraction! That brought a howl of pain and laughter from our Waverley Web team, as they reminisced over Tom Hanks’ ‘do it himself dentistry’ when he bashed his tooth out with a rock in the film Cast Away when stranded on a Desert Island.  WW suggests you don’t watch it until the present crisis is over, particularly if you have a niggling toothache!  We have been contacted by one of our readers who lost a filling a few days ago and has been forced to resort to a do-it-yourself filling kit.

Joking apart here’s some very helpful official information.

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A Cranleigh man’s view on the crisis we face.


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We thought James Robinson’s poem put up on the Cranleigh Community Board was worth a general airing across the borough.  Well done James.

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Happy to share the efforts of our local poets here at the Waverley Web. Stay well everyone, if we heed the advice – we will come out stronger than ever before.


‘Your Waverley’ is now open for Covid-19 Business Grants.


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Your Waverley

Applications for the Business Support Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant are now open.

For more information and to apply for grants please visit our Coronavirus Business Grants page here 👉