The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).
The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.
The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.
Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail. To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.
Mike Patching is recognised for his outstanding contributions to the local community
Mike is to be awarded Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff Award in recognition of his significant and lasting contribution to community life in Horley and with schools in the local area.
The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire issues awards each year to people who have made a difference to their community over many years, and whose contribution has not been recognised in some other formal way.
The Parish Council put Mike’s name forward for this award for his valuable work over the years. Some of the many activities and projects includes:
Chairing the Michael Hardinge Trust , and the overall management of the Old School with all the fund raising and community efforts that this Horley Charity provides under Mike’s stewardship. These included the Summer BBQ with live music, the Children’s Concert, Summer Games, nature competitions and many more child centred events and activities.
Working with local schools to provide educational visits and trips about nature and the countryside for children both in school and around Horley. Also assisting in cycling proficiency testing amongst other things.
Supporting Horley Footlights, where Mike has helped on and off stage in all aspects on putting on a production.
Support for the Cricket Club keeping the pitch in peak condition for summer matches and maintaining their mowing equipment and organising the annual Children’s Games there.
Providing regular updates in the Horley Views magazine on the Michael Hardinge Trust and a features on nature and the countryside every season.
Support for the Church and Ladies Guild in organising the Summer Fetes and Christmas Markets, Chamber Music Festivals and Barn Dances, as well involvement in special projects such as the Bells Restoration and other community efforts to ensure the use of our very special Grade 1 listed church St Etheldredas.
The office of High Sheriff is a ceremonial role involving a mix of charitable and community functions. It is the oldest secular office in the country outside of the monarchy but without the extensive powers it used to have. It is unfunded, voluntary and non political. The current High Sheriff 2015/16 is Tom Birch Reynardson. There will be a formal award ceremony in Oxford on 29 February which Mike will attend.
Congratulations Mike, very well deserved and thank you for all your efforts over the years; it is very much appreciated. We hope you will share your pictures of the ceremony and what this award means to you and Sue.
Did you know that we post notices that are sent to our Parish Council that we think might be of interest? See the Parish Council, Notices page here for everything from fund raising walks, superfast broadband to changes to the Oxfordshire Mobile Library.
You may have noticed the daylight hours are increasing, snow drops are glistening and next week is the last one in January… yay spring is in sight! What you may not have noticed is more pages, posts, and things on the “right side” that have been added to thehorleyviews website, so here is a summary of what is new:
Horley Village with links to a history of Horley as show in this British history report and a wiki entry for Horley. Also a link to the map of the Horley Circular Walk with information about the village as well as the fields that connect us to Horton. We will be adding a village map and house index, and more photo “views” of Horley. Again if you would like see or share anything you can add comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org