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Brockham Emergency Response Team is a volunteer community resilience group - helping the community as 1st responder during floods or other threats, supported by BEVs Brockham Emergency Volunteers. It also provides a Local Community email news/alert service - to receive or re-subscribe to that, please enter your email address in the Join Mailing List box provided. The team has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. A full log of BERT work and deployments can been reviewed using the Find Us Online link below.

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A Charitable Gesture for Christmas

Dogs R Us based in Brockham, are urgently wanting items to be given to homeless people who own a dog but cannot afford to give them comfort and sustenance over this cold Christmas period.

I am asking for second hand or new dog coats, medium to large and tins or small bags of dog food. There has been some response so far to an earlier appeal. Two Dorking pet shops have donated some items which is a good start.

Once collected, she will be distributing the food and coats to drop in centres and relevant food banks, just prior to Christmas.

You can contact me, Phaedra, on mobile 07789 626664 to see if you can help in any way including transport. Feel free to come to the small holding on Middle Street opposite the white cottages.

Thank you for your kindness in advance.

~Phaedra Denman

p.s. I have a 5 year old Spaniel cross rescue dog needing a new home if anyone is interested in taking it on.


Village Hall Fundraising Event

Just as a reminder, the above event is taking place next week

Hello Fellow Residents of Brockham

Several months ago it was suggested I get involved with Surrey Care Trust (SCT), a local charity to be honest I had never heard of. If you are unfamiliar with the work of SCT I have set out some information below and, of course, you can visit their website at

I initially trained as a mentor then was asked to head up a new initiative to develop a sustainable and very large allotment project to support the local community. We are now a few months into it and have made great progress. We now have sheds, raised beds, a huge polytunnel, a designated wildlife area and much more. So why am I sharing this with you?

  • Firstly to see if you may be able to help us work through our list (below) of equipment and “stuff” we need to move things forward.

  • Secondly to make you aware of SCT and their work in our community. You may be quite keen on horticulture, crafts, and wildlife, and you may have an interest in doing some voluntary work, sharing your skills or knowledge. You may already have an allotment or have always wanted to be involved on an allotment. Whatever works for you, there are many ways of supporting this wonderful project.
  • If you are just curious come and have a look.

About Us

Surrey Care Trust is a local charitable trust that reaches out to communities across Surrey. We work with disadvantaged families and individuals in empowering and supporting them to make positive changes in their lives.

The Gateway Allotment Project is based in Reigate and we aim to work with hard to reach individuals and families to support them back into their local community through gardening and social and therapeutic horticulture. Not only is this a wonderful environment to relax in, we want our clients to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their opportunities of getting back into training, education or work.

Social isolation is an issue for many of the people accessing the Gateway project; our aim is to break people out of their routine and get them outside and active. The beauty of the project is that there is no pressure, people can come along and get stuck in or just enjoy being outside. Conversation flows more naturally when you have a job to do, and we’re already noticing that peer to peer mentoring is taking place without us actively encouraging it.

We are working with local organisations to help develop our clients' skills, boost their confidence and self esteem. This empowers them as individuals and their families to make positive changes in their lives and reduce social isolation. We plan to work with school children and other groups.

The Needs

Contrary to popular belief, Surrey is not all leafy lanes, long driveways and affluence. There are tens of thousands of people in Surrey who are disadvantaged by low skills, lack of opportunity, setbacks in life and precarious economic circumstances. Many face hardship. They often feel they are being left out of society and have no contribution to make. Many face mental health issues.

It’s not only the adult generation we are concerned with; a small but significant proportion of today’s young people are still failing to thrive and achieve in education, so limiting their future prospects:

  • 10% of young people living in Surrey are from low income families.

  • In 23 neighbourhoods, 30% of children and young people live in poverty, above the national average – severely impacting their educational attainment and job prospects.

  • One in three children receiving free school meals leaves primary school with substandard Maths and English – twice as many as those children not receiving free school meals.

  • In some neighbourhoods more than 40% of adults have no qualifications.

  • Surrey has 2,205 NEETs (not in Education, Employment or Training) aged 16-24 of whom 40% have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) for more than 6 months.

The List

  • Trellis Frame Pergola

  • Fruit cage

  • Pond

  • Potting table

  • Potting trays

  • Garden tables, chairs and umbrella: one for outside shed and one for the polytunnel

  • Deck chairs x4

  • Mud kitchen for children

  • Kids slide

  • Sand pit

  • Kids table and chairs

  • Large pots for decoration

  • Solar lights

  • Watering cans of all sizes

  • Dwarf fruit trees

  • Garden games

  • Bird Feeder

  • Bird bath

  • Gardening books

  • Art supplies: paper, pens, pencils, paints, easels

  • HP Sprocket Photo Printer

  • Camera traps for monitoring wildlife

  • Footprint and tunnel kits for tracking wildlife

  • Tool storage

  • Shade sail

  • Tray kettle and cups

  • Plants and seeds for one year

  • Polycarb greenhouse

  • Arches for main walkway

  • Grass mesh for main walkway

  • Picnic benches

  • Plants

  • Trees

  • Anything else you think may be of benefit!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please get in touch with me at if you need further information.

Happy Christmas 🎄

~Grant Ashley

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Land Rover stolen from an address in Smalls Hill Rd Charlwood overnight 10th – 11th December. It was later found burnt out in Copthorne in Sussex.

We urge people living, working and playing in Surrey’s villages and countryside to be extra vigilant, keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and report it as soon as possible. Report as soon as possible with as much detail as you can provide. If possible, make a note of the following:

  • Is the suspect alone or in a group?

  • Are they trespassing?

  • Do they have equipment, dogs or firearms with them?

  • Are you aware of where suspects have been or where they are heading?

  • What do they look like?

  • Have they any vehicles? What are the number plates and vehicle models?

  • Can you safely get a photograph?

  • Call 101 to report the crime, or dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

Neighbourhood Patrol Team Officers seized a vehicle in Buffers Lane Leatherhead earlier in the week for no insurance and found the driver was disqualified!

  • You can check your driving licence entitlement at

  • You can check your vehicle tax and MOT at

  • You can check your insurance at

Get Safe Online advice follows that of experts the world over, to take a balanced approach to your children’s online safety.

Doing nothing is a sure-fire way to let your kids get into trouble, whilst a heavy-handed approach will make them all the more determined to do the opposite of what you tell them (as with most things in life when it comes to kids!)

Two passers-by who intervened in a rape in Leatherhead have been praised by a judge after the attacker was jailed.

At 10.30pm on April 13, 2018, the victim, aged 32, was alone on the pavement in Kingston Road where Eddie Stancombe orally raped her. Two members of the public saw what was happening and challenged Stancombe, aged 27, who then ran away from the area. A passing taxi driver also stopped to offer help and police were called to the scene. An early forensic match on a national database led officers to Stancombe who an officer recognised as someone who lived nearby. He was arrested four days later following checks at a second address in Leatherhead. Following a trial, a jury found Stancombe, of Randalls Crescent, guilty of rape, and at Guildford Crown Court today (December 11) he was jailed for six years. The two members of the public will be given a Sherrifs Award and awarded £350 for their intervention.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Andy Salter, from Surrey Police’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team said: “This incident has left the victim incredibly traumatised and had a huge impact on her life. Eddie Stancombe is essentially a dangerous predator who took advantage of the situation and we are glad he is now off the streets. I would like to commend the bravery of the victim in this case who has shown tremendous courage throughout the investigation and the court case. The actions of those passers by cannot be underestimated and what we will never know is what else Stancombe may have gone on to do. It is truly humbling that despite what is often said about the state of our society, there are many people who are willing to do the right thing in challenging circumstances. As far as the investigation goes, this was a team effort with response officers playing their part in recognising Stancombe, fast time forensics results allowing us to arrest him, and the dedication by many officers in the Sexual Offences Investigation Team, including the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Siohban Parker.”

DS Parker added: “At Surrey Police we have a team of specialist officers in the Sexual Offences Investigation Team who are there to support victims and help them through the aftermath of reporting a crime. Nobody should be subjected to the assault the victim suffered and we hope this conviction will provide some closure as well as send a message out that we will not tolerate sexual assault in Surrey.”

Update: After public house altercation on Thursday 6th December in Leatherhead

Man was arrested and subsequently charged for offences including assault, assault on an officer, no vehicle insurance and no MOT. New Years resolutions to be confirmed... will be decided in court!

Criminal damage to cars and houses in Brockham Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th December.

Car and house windows have been broken seemingly with objects fired at them, possibly a catapult. If you have further information or have yet to report damage, please call 101 and quote reference 45180131543. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers on 0800-555-111.

Shop lifting suspect arrested for multiple offences in Leatherhead – enquiries continue...

To ensure your CCTV is fully effective:

  • Clean the lens regularly.

  • Store the equipment in a locked cabinet.

  • Save a recorded tape or digital image for 31 days before recording over it.

  • Ensure that time and date settings are correct.

  • Face a camera towards the doorway so you get clear head and shoulders images.

  • To be legal you must have clear signage stating: the name of the operator, the purpose of the CCTV (i.e. crime prevention), contact phone number. Visit for more details.

~Andy Reid (Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

Christmas Opening Times

Brockham Surgery

  • Monday 24th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Tuesday 25th December - Closed

  • Wednesday 26th December - Closed

  • Thursday 27th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Friday 28th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Monday 31st December - Reduced Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Tuesday 1st January - Closed

  • Wednesday 2 January - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

North Holmwood Surgery

  • Monday 24th December - Reduced Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Tuesday 25th December - Closed

  • Wednesday 26th December - Closed

  • Thursday 27th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Friday 28th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Monday 31st December - Reduced Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Tuesday 1st January - Closed

  • Wednesday 2 January - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Newdigate Surgery

  • Monday 24th December - Reduced Hours 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Tuesday 25th December - Closed

  • Wednesday 26th December - Closed

  • Thursday 27th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Friday 28th December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Monday 31st December - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

  • Tuesday 1st January - Closed

  • Wednesday 2 January - Normal Hours 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Please call 01737 843259 for the out of hours service. Alternatively, Dial 111 for non-urgent NHS medical help.

Dial 999 for NHS Emergency Medical Help.

From the Patient Participation Group

~Robert Bartlett

What Does it Take?

Has anyone any good ideas how to prevent badgers from tearing up my husband's beloved lawn? I looked up badger damage online and think it must be them looking for worms under the turf, but have never seen them of course.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Please reply to

Thank you,

~Rosemary Mote



Available mid-January, £1,100 pcm

Double bedroom, box room, large living room and small garden. We passed the fuel efficiency test.

Please call Susie on 07778 793824. If a tenant is found we will make a contribution to BERT.

~Susie Redburn



New Signs Outside the School

Parking outside almost every school in the country is congested at drop off and collection times. At the Brockham site, school governors asked the Parish Council and District Councillors for suggestions. We are going to try super polite signs which have been installed by a local building contractor and school parent, Pete Maguire.

We are asking parents not to park opposite the school and definitely NOT on the footpath. We are hoping if everyone is considerate the situation will become far less stressful. We DO understand that not everyone can walk or cycle to school every day. (And most people know you are allowed to park on yellow zigzags out of school hours.)

The Parish Council have recently commissioned a traffic survey for the whole village. The results will be discussed in January. There are nine suggestions to consider and you are welcome to attend. The meeting is taking place at Brockham Recreation ground at 7:30 pm on the 7th of January.

~Cllr Simon Budd

~Cllr John Muggeridge



And This...

During Monday night our car windscreen sustained this damage. Some considerable force was used as the interior is full of tiny shards of glass going back on to the rear seats. The windscreen will need to be replaced. This is the second time one of our cars has had its window smashed. We will be reporting this incident to the police for the record.

~Fay Ewbank



BERT has now received several reports of apparent vandalism on or near Brockham Green during Monday night, and we have shared the information with police. If anyone has a CCTV recording that could inform their investigation, or any personal knowledge of how these incidents occurred, we urge you to report the same.

On a related note, for the purposes of residential monitoring, private homeowners can now make CCTV recordings that extend beyond their own property boundaries and into public spaces without incurring data protection fees.


More Monday Night Vandalism

The rear window of my car was broken last night between 23:30 and 10:00 this morning. The car was parked outside Lark Rise on the Green. I have reported this to the police. If anyone saw anything please let me know at

Thank you,

~Mat Dean