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Leigh Cricket Club – Players Wanted

Leigh Cricket Club welcomes players of any ability, gender and experience; those who want to play every week or just occasionally.  The Club plays a mixture of village league and friendly matches from April to the end of September.  Most are competitive but they always have fun.

Platinum Jubilee tree planting

On 19th March the Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society planted a commemorative tree to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year on the village green.  With thanks to Chairman of Surrey County Council Helyn Clack for her support, as well that of other local councillors, cottage garden society members and villagers, not to mention the enthusiastic help of some smaller members of our community.  The tree is a Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) which it is hoped will be an attractive feature at the heart of the village for many years to come.

Mark Dobell
Mark Dobell

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Vacancy

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

(8 hours per week, pay dependant on experience)

Leigh Parish Council is seeking to recruit a new part time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The Clerk is required to prepare the agenda for, attend and to produce the minutes of all Council meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting. They are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the council and all its assets, managing the Council’s finances in accordance with Government Accounting Regulations and be responsible for the Council’s communication through the website and newsletters.

The position is home-based but will require a commitment to attend ad hoc meetings and some site visits, mainly within the Parish.

The Clerk needs to be an effective communicator, have robust IT skills and be able to manage the Councils finances accurately and securely.

The post will be based on a salary range of SCP 18-23 (currently £13.21 to £14.67 per hour) determined by qualifications and experience.

The job description and person specification can be accessed here.

To be considered for the position or for more information, please contact the clerk at


If you are new to softball then the best way to described it is to say it is a cross between Rounders and Baseball but the important thing is it is a mixed game and we play for the exercise and to have fun. Our age group ranges from 15 to 69.

Soft Ball is a good way to keep fit, there is quite of bit of running/jogging involved be it when you are fielding or batting. It does not matter if you are not very good at hitting a ball or catching a ball as the emphases is on having fun.

If you have never played before then do not worry, the rules are very simple to learn and we are a very social group more interested in having fun than playing a competitive sport. Family groups of mixed age and sporting ability are very welcome.

We play on the Cricket Ground it Leigh (RH2 8NP) every Thursday evening during the summer months, weather dependant from about 18.30 till 20.00. Our local Pub, The Plough supports us by providing a snack/meal after every game for a very reasonable price. There is also a very small charge for playing each week which goes towards paying for our Insurance.

For more info please either text or ring Mike on 07708 614090

or email

Have your say on Police Funding

Would you be prepared to pay a little extra to support our policing teams in Surrey over the coming year?

The Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend is asking the public to fill in a brief survey and share their views on whether they would support a small rise in council tax so that policing levels can be sustained in communities across the county.

The Commissioner said that like all public services, policing is facing a significant rise in costs in the current financial climate and in order to maintain the current position, an increase of some kind will likely be necessary.

The public are being invited to have their say on whether they would agree to pay an extra 83p a month on an average council tax bill.

The short online survey can be filled in here:

The survey only takes a few minutes to fill in and will be open until January 4th.

From the Belfry – Our tribute to Prince Philip (Saturday, 10th April, 2021)

About 12 noon on Friday 9th April, the sad news was announced that Prince Philip had died. The national community of bell-ringers agreed that we should ring a single bell at 12 noon the next day. It was agreed that Leigh should join this national event.
It is traditional to ring the Tenor bell with one strike for each year of life. For Prince Philip, that is difficult to do by chiming the bell. Therefore, we were given the option to raise the bell and ring it in the English way but half muffled, 99 whole pulls (hand-stroke and back-stroke).
Shortly before midday, Helen and I fitted the muffle and raised the Tenor bell. At 12 noon precisely, the ringing started with Helen counting most carefully. Following tradition, I rang slowly, with the last 5 whole pulls slightly slower to indicate his “retirement” years. It took 11 minutes 34 seconds to complete.
We thank Adria for announcing our tribute on the Leigh web site and sending out a news flash – it was just in time for several people to join our tribute by coming to listen. We greatly appreciate their support. We also thank John Squirrell (Reigate bell-ringer) for recording the tribute – he has sent me the last part with his spoken note (2 min file) and confirmed his agreement that we shall send it to the Leigh web site.

For a list of all the bell ringing tributes to Prince Philip click here

Census 2021

All households in Surrey will have received a letter in the post from Census 2021. The access code on the letter is unique to your household and it’s really simple to fill it in online, which is quicker, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. If you’ve lost the letter then go to to get another. However, that’s not for everybody and the letter also told you how to get a paper form, and how to access help if you need it. If you need a form then you can just ring 0800 141 2021. We’re also encouraging people to get help from friends and family to complete their census if they need to. If you or they need more information about that it can be found on the website or again on the freephone number. 

You may have already seen the distinctively dressed census staff, with their i/d cards, on the streets. If not, they are raring to go. They’ll be visiting households from which we’ve not received a completed census form. They’ll encourage people to fill in the census and help them to access further help if they need it. They won’t need to visit houses if the census has already been filled in, so we are encouraging everybody to do so as soon as possible – you can fill it in now if you know who is going to be at home on Census Day (21 March). 

In organising the teams, our main concern is the safety of the public and our staff. We want everyone to be safely counted during the census. To do this, we’re making sure that our plans are always in line with the latest government safety guidelines. As you can imagine, that means that they have been under constant review and been regularly tweaked. Our field officers will be working in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment and will never need to enter your house. 

At the end of last year, some people asked me whether the census would go ahead and why now? We are all geared up and, equally importantly, the information it provides is incredibly important. The Office for National Statistics has used past census information to help us understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people in different ways and respond accordingly. Census 2021 will give us fresh information to improve our understanding of the pandemic. Although the questions in the census have not been changed, the guidance about how to complete them in the light of the circumstances of how we are living and working through it has been updated. The results will help to make sure that the services you use meet the needs of our changing society. This could include hospitals, schools, universities and transport. 

First results will be available within 12 months, although personal records, including anything that could be used to identify people, will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations, and nobody has access to it. 

The concept of a census has been around for millenia. The first known censuses were taken by the Babylonians nearly 6,000 years ago when they recorded details of population, livestock and the quantities of butter, milk, honey, wool and vegetables. In 2,500BC, the Egyptians conducted a census to assess the labour force available to plan and build the pyramids. And the Romans carried out a census every 5 years which required each man to

return to his place of origin to be registered – such a census decree by Caesar Augustus took Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. 

In England, William the Conqueror conducted the first census which history records as the Domesday Book of 1086. The next official census of England and Wales was not until 1801 when it was carried out partly to ascertain the number of men able to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. The average population growth every 10 years between then and 1911 was 13.6% between then but after the loss of life during the war and the Spanish flu which followed it – that other devastating pandemic just over 100 years ago – the increase in the population decade on decade was in single figures for the first time, just 5%. It was also the only time in the history of the census that a question was asked about orphans. 

Incidentally, for those who are keen on researching family history, that means that the 1921 Census returns, taken not long after the end of the First World War, will be soon be available – from 1 January 2022, in fact. Those 1921 census details are particularly important because they will be the last ones published until 2051! All the records for the 1931 census for England and Wales were destroyed by fire in December 1942, during the Second World War, while in store at the Office of Works in Hayes in an event that was not attributed to enemy action. There was 24 hour security which included fire-watching but there was talk at the time of an unextinguished cigarette end… There was no census taken in 1941 due to the Second World War; however, the register taken as a result of the National Registration Act 1939, which was released into the public domain on a subscription basis in 2015 with some redactions, captures many of the same details as the census and has also assumed greater significance following the destruction of the 1931 census. 

The 1911 census was the first to use punch cards with mechanised sorting and counting machines; and in 1961, electronic computers were used to process the data – although the production of statistics from these computers took 5 ½ years! The Census Act of 1920 made completion of the census compulsory and this legislation is still in force today. 

Over the years, the structure and questions in the census have evolved to reflect the changing nature of society. The 1871 census added the categories of “lunatic” and “imbecile” to the “list of the infirm” and 1911 included questions about marriage and fertility. Before the 1951 census, women were asked to be more honest about their age although many women felt that questions relating to their age were too personal. From 1951 until 1991, households were asked if they had an outside toilet and the reference to “housewife” in the 1971 and 1981 censuses was replaced by “looking after home or family” in the 1990s. 

A question about income was tested in 1968/9 but not included in the 1971 census as the tests showed that the accuracy of responses was questionable and this question could lead to a fall in response rates. There is still no income question in the census questionnaire. 1991 also saw the introduction of questions about ethnicity. For the first time since 1851, information about religious belief was collected in 2001 

For more information, visit

Toilet and tea point at St Bartholomew’s (Leigh) Church

Unanimous approval was given for the planning application at the Mole Valley Planning committee on 4th November 2020.  The application is also supported by Heritage England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Victorian Society, as well as the experts on the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

The PCC has now applied for a Faculty (like ecclesiastical planning permission) to build a toilet and tea point inside the church. The notice giving more information about the works, and where plans and drawings and other supporting papers can be inspected, is posted outside the church.  The deadline for registering any objections is 16th December 2020, and the notice explains how this can be done.

As the church is now closed because of lockdown measures, the notice can also be viewed here:  St Bartholomew’s Notice.

The planning application can be viewed on the link below.

Planning Ref: MO/2020/1033


COVID-19 Leigh Community Support Group

Unfortunately, we are still living in a world impacted by Covid-19. Residents who may once again need a little help are encouraged to get in contact with the Covid-19 support group in the village. These volunteers provide an invaluable service to those residents needing reassurance and help accessing essentials. They are still there for you should you need them again. The details remain the same as before:


If you are self-isolating or struggling due to COVID-19, we can arrange help with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • A friendly phone call
  • Posting Mail
  • Urgent supplies

BEN CAMBRA – (01306) 611214

JO WILKINSON – (01306) 611286


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