Welcome to the
Westcott Village Association Website

Welcome to Westcott in the Surrey Hills. A thriving village of around 1,000 houses and 2,500 residents nestled at the foot of the North Downs close to Dorking.

The Westcott Village Association is a voluntary group that strives to support the community, preserve Westcott’s rural charm and character as well as create a great place to live and work in the Surrey Hills.

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The Westcott Village Association (WVA) is a voluntary group that strives to support the community, preserve Westcott’s rural charm and character as well as create a great place to live and work in the Surrey Hills. Our website and Facebook page will keep you up to date with what’s on, the latest news and events, information about local services and businesses as well as details about local planning issues.

All residents of Westcott are warmly invited to join the Village Association, all we ask is for a minimum donation of £10 a year per household and the money raised goes towards supporting causes that benefit Village Residents and the environment in which we live. You will receive a monthly update via email as well as an annual newsletter. To sign up or renew your membership, please click on the Contact/Join Us link in the main menu. Each household is also visited once a year by our wonderful team of Street Stewards who invite you to share your views on village life.

We prefer members to pay their subscription by annual Standing Order arranged with their bank as it saves time and manpower, but we can also collect subscriptions via our Street Stewards from those who would rather pay by cash or cheque.

There are currently four Open Meetings a Year including the AGM. All Minutes of Committee Meetings are posted onto the WVA Website for all Members and Residents to read.

Great news - Westcott’s annual village fair WESTfest is back! After a year of lockdown and restrictions we all need to get together again and have a bit of fun. With entertainment for all the family, WESTfest is a great opportunity for friends and neighbours to come together, and for village organisations and local small businesses to reconnect with the residents of Westcott. WESTfest is usually held every summer at Cradhurst Recreation Ground, this year we have everything crossed that COVID restrictions will be lifted in June enabling the event to run on Sunday 18th July. Please note we have no visitor parking on site, please walk or cycle to the event. We’re really looking forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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Good news - the new Village Shop opens this Saturday 6th March at 7am ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosDog thefts have been a hot topic on social media recently, so we wanted to address this issue with you here.Throughout lockdown we have seen an increased demand for pets, particularly dogs. Google search results for "buy a puppy" increased by 115% since the beginning of lockdown, and this demand has led to a subsequent increase in prices. Sadly this means that criminals are stealing dogs to breed from or sell on for a profit, and this is true across the UK as a whole.In Surrey, the number of reported dog thefts remains low. However, this may mean that there are thefts or attempted thefts that have not been reported to police. If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a dog theft or attempted dog theft, we need you to tell us.If you want to share the information you have on social media, please make sure you have a police reference number; either a report number, or a call log number from when you reported it on the phone or online, and include that in your post. Without reference numbers, there could appear to be more dog thefts than there actually are in reality. If you see information shared without a police reference number, please check that it was reported to us before passing the information on. If not, please encourage that person to do so.It has also come to our attention that there are questions online regarding cable ties fastened to lampposts. This is something that other police forces have received queries about, and concerns that these are used as markers to indicate properties containing dogs. To our knowledge, there is no correlation between cable ties on lampposts and dog thieves. If you have any information contrary to that, please report it to us.You can report any information you have about dog thefts to us via• Webchat on our website • Online - orlo.uk/vRutm • Calling us on 101 Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.To protect your dogs from theft, we would recommend the following:• Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up to date information. There are 15 pet microchip databases you can choose from that meet government standards, and you can find the list here: orlo.uk/mFoJ8 • Invest in a collar and name tag, but use your surname rather than your pet’s name on name tags. Include your telephone number so you can be easily contacted if your pet is found.• Take plenty of clear photos of your pet (not hard for most animal lovers!). Remember to include any distinctive markings that could identify your pet.• Don’t leave your dog unattended in the garden, the car or outside shops if at all possible.• Review your social media security settings, and be careful with the details you share, especially when it comes to your pets, your location or your favourite walking spots.• Pay attention to your surroundings and know where your dog is at all times when out walking. Be mindful of anyone trying to distract you or draw your dog’s attention away from you. If you feel that someone is following or watching you and your dog in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, call police.• We know that some dogs may live in kennels outside. Please ensure you make it as hard as possible for some to break in. Use multiple locks and have CCTV cameras covering the kennel as a deterrent.• Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock.• Ensure gardens and yards are secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out. Make sure fences and hedges are secure, with no gaps that a dog can squeeze through.• Consider driveway alarms and CCTV – these can act as a visual as well as a physical deterrent.• If you are concerned for your safety or that of your dog, we recommend investing in a personal safety alarm. Please do not carry anything that can be used as a weapon.If your dog is stolen, call police on 999 or report it to us via our website:orlo.uk/LIhWFNotify your microchip database provider immediately and advise orlo.uk/Czbjq either via their website or Facebook page. They will offer help, support and advice. ... See MoreSee Less
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See today's COVID dashboard showing cases and trends across Surrey.We are seeing a continued downward trend in cases overall, which is a good sign.Thanks for staying vigilant. Together we can #KeepSurreySafewww.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus ... See MoreSee Less
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Things to do

The community in Westcott is alive with numerous clubs and societies holding regular activities. This is just a small snapshot of our thriving village life.
To add to the Village Diary or Things to Do section please email contact@westcottvillage.com

PLEASE NOTE: THESE ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PLACE. THEY WILL REASSESSED AS GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES ALLOW.

WestFest

 

Westcott’s annual village fair is back! After a year of lockdown and restrictions we all need to get together again and have a bit of fun. With entertainment for all the family, WESTfest is a great opportunity for friends and neighbours to come together, and for village organisations and local small businesses to reconnect with the residents of Westcott. WESTfest is usually held every summer at Cradhurst Recreation Ground, this year we have everything crossed that COVID restrictions will be lifted in June enabling the event to run on Sunday 18th July. Please note we have no visitor parking on site, please walk or cycle to the event. We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

Wild WESTfest  

Sunday the 18th of July 2021

Cradhurst Recreation Ground from 12 P.M. till 4 P.M.

  • Bucking Bronco
  • Live Music
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Line Dancing
  • Games and Stalls
  • Fun Dog Show
  • Beer, Gin & Pimms
  • Hot Food & Pizza
  • Local Arts & Crafts

Join in the fun!

Visit facebook.com/WESTfestSurrey for more information.

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Westcott Sports Club

Westcott Sports Club is situated at Stable Meadow at the eastern end of the village, it’s entrance is on Milton Street. Its purpose is to provide facilities for the village’s junior and senior football and cricket teams, though other community activities also take place.

Club cricket has been played at Westcott for approaching 150 years (since 1869) and club football since 1935. I’m delighted to say that we formed a ladies’ cricket team in 2017 and we make newcomers of all abilities and experience welcome. As well as football and cricket on just about every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, we host sports days for the local primary school, a cricket competition for local schools, junior cricket on Friday evening in the summer, junior football coaching, the village fireworks display and so on. We even have hopes to host a village BBQ too.

In total we have around 90 senior playing members aged 18-65 and over 50 juniors aged 5-17 who learn, train and play for one of the many teams. It’s a fantastic club offering a wonderful opportunity for young and older enthusiasts in the village.

Contact details:
Club Chairman Richard Green email: richard.rj.green@gmail.com
Cricket enquiries; Alan Pickering email: A.Pickering@gold.ac.uk
Football enquiries; Paul McKeown email: paul.mckeown@vanderbilthomes.co.uk

 

Westcott Local History Group

Meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month at St Johns Community Centre, 7.45pm for 8pm start, plus organise regular walks and visits. 

Contact: info@westcotthistory.org.uk or visit thechurchinwestcott.org.uk

 

Nirvana Cycle Rides

Join Nirvana for one of their regular rides, all start from the shop on the green in Westcott. They have a wide range of rides to suit all tastes and abilities. It’s a great way to meet new people and discover the amazing network of trails that criss-cross the Surrey Hills all around us.

Contact: info@nirvanacycles.com or visit www.nirvanacycles.com

 

Girl Guides and Brownies

Having fun and trying new things are key to what the Brownies (age 5-7) and Girl Guides (age 10-14) do. They meet every week in The Reading Room on Fridays at 5.15pm until 9pm.

Contact:
Brownies:
nicola@nicolabrett.com
Guides:
westcott.guides@hotmail.com or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

 

Elly’s Fitness Classes

A fun way to exercise and keep fit in Westcott, classes are tailored to all levels and needs. All abilities welcome whether you are a beginner or more advanced. Elly’s Fitness Classes are very popular and take place every Tuesday evening at The Reading Room. 5.45pm Early Bird Circuits, 6.30pm Circuits, 7.15pm Aerobifit

Contact: ellysfitness@outlook.com or visit ellysfitnessclasses on Facebook

 

Pat Williams Art Classes

Friday Art in the Reading Room Westcott.
The Reading Room on Fridays mornings buzzes with creative activity! The Friday Art Class is a friendly productive class for beginners and improvers. We have lively classes and are currently working with Acrylics but also draw and explore other mediums, we enjoy making Art and stretching our ability working with a variety of subjects. Materials can be supplied for complete beginners until they decide to keep painting and acquire their own. Newcomers of any level would be welcome to our class next term.

Contact: Pat Williams 01483 810214,
Mob 07733 236900 or email patwilliamsartist@gmail.com

 

Polite Paws Dog Training

Dog training run by Angela Doyle uses only kind, effective, reward-based methods which build a dog’s confidence making it easier for them to learn and owner to train. Three sessions a week at The Reading Rooms. Tuesdays 12pm-4pm, Thursdays 6pm-10pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm.

Contact: info@politepawsdogtraining.co.uk or visit www.politepawsdogtraining.co.uk

 

Westcott Village Coffee Morning

The village coffee morning was first started in 1966 and has been running ever since. New faces always welcome, open to everyone, children welcome. The first Wednesday in every month at The Reading Room at 10am.

Contact: Jean Mickle 01306 881208

 

Bridge Club

Established some 16 years ago the Westcott Bridge Club meets every Monday evening at The Reading Room 7pm until 10.30pm. Averaging 9 – 10 tables every week with newcomers always welcome.

Contact:
Brian Lynch blynch@ntlworld.com

 

St John’s Weekly Café

All are welcome at the weekly café held every Monday at 9.15am until 11.45am at St John’s. Fresh tea and coffee plus homemade cakes and a warm welcome for all.

 

CoreFitPhysio

Pilates Physiotherapy and health centre right in the heart of Westcott. Providing, physio, massage and machine-based Pilates by an expert team of clinicians and sessions based on your needs. From initial biomechanical assessments to private clinical Pilates, duo sessions, reformer classes and many more.

Contact: westcott@corefitphysio.com or visit www.corefitphysio.com

 

Chris Forsey Art Class

Painting classes in Westcott with water-colours, acrylics and mixed media. Intermediate level and those with a little experience are welcome. Monday mornings at 10am in The Reading Room.

Contact: christopherforsey@btinternet.com or visit www.chrisforsey.com

 

Westcott Women

A relaxed informal social gathering of Westcott Women to share ideas and learn new things, with guest speakers and organised visits to places of interest.  Everyone is welcome. 

More information contact: Jacki Moss 01306 881481 johnjacki.moss@btinternet.com

 

Westcott Gardeners Club

A fun enjoyable way to share your passion for plants or for just pottering around the garden. The Westcott Gardeners Club has been running since 1955 and holds two flower shows a year in The Reading Room, regular talks as well as outings to gardens to enjoy.  

New members are always welcome.
Contact Sheena Salmon 01306 885597

 

Cookie Club​

The Cookie Club is a popular parent, baby and toddler group, supported and run by members of Holy Trinity Church and the wider village community. We meet Thursday mornings in term time between 9:30am-12:00pm at St John’s in Westcott, all are very welcome. It is a great place to meet other parents, grandparents and carers, and for the children to play and explore in a fun, welcoming environment. We provide good coffee, tea, drinks and snacks, a range of toys, and usually finish each morning with a craft activity and a song time. We love to celebrate, so the birthday hat comes out whenever someone has a birthday!

Further information by email please contact e.lister.holytrinitywestcott@gmail.com