Peace campaigning in Redhill 9 December 2017

Peace on earth, goodwill to all people!

Local peace campaigners will be in Redhill town centre tomorrow, celebrating the award of the Nobel Peace prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons“.

At a time when nuclear war, so long considered unthinkable, has become a viable option for some political leaders, we should stop to consider what it really means.

The only time nuclear bombs have been used – in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – hundreds of thousands of people died. People today are still suffering as a result of the bombing.

And since 1945, nuclear weapon technology has continued developing. Nine countries, including the UK, now have these weapons, each with enough destructive power to obliterate the world.

We’ll be in Redhill – under the Harlequin Theatre/Library steps – from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 9 December.

We will be asking people to sign a petition asking the UK Government to sign and ratify the UN Nuclear weapon ban Treaty. The local signatures will be presented to our MP Crispin Blunt.

Please come over for a chat and to sign the petition. And if you’d like to join the local CND and/or peace group, get in touch.

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Big Green Autumn Party


Join us on Friday 6 October for a party at Reigate’s liveliest new venue, The Yard at Reigate Station. This is a fabulously  atmospheric and quirky new venue just ONE MINUTE from Reigate station.

There will be live music from Ian Machecek and Rebecca Riedtmann.  You can buy drinks at the cash bar – and feel free to bring your own food.*

This is a chance to have fun, thank everyone who has helped with our campaigns this year, and to raise some funds to continue working for a Greener and Fairer East Surrey.

When: 7.30-11pm, Friday 6 October 2017
Where: The Yard, 3a Holmesdale Road, Reigate, RH2 9QN

Tickets: £5 on the door or book via Eventbrite and secure your place

*There are plenty of excellent takeaways in Reigate – including a fish and chip shop and Chinese restaurant very nearby. For vegans, Monsoon in Woodhatch deliver and are happy to prepare vegan options and Pizza Express now has a vegan cheese available.


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Tandridge consults on potential ‘Garden Village’

Tandridge District Council is consulting on possible locations for a ‘large scale development based on garden village principles’.

They are looking at four possible locations:

  • Blindley Heath
  • Land west of Edenbridge
  • Redhill Aerodrome
  • South Godstone

All these sites are Green Belt and so are currently protected from development.

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Remembering Hiroshima

On Sunday 6th August there will also be a 15-minute vigil at Shaw’s Corner War Memorial, Redhill,starting at 11.30am. Please join us.

David Hilder of Reigate and Redhill Peace Group explains why.

Sunday 6th August, is the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Two days later Nagasaki was the target. These remain the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used. 300,000 were killed in this attack and people today are still suffering as a result of the bombing.

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Green Party concern at flood of oil and gas drilling applications

Surrey Green Party is concerned at the flood of oil and gas drilling applications being dealt with by statutory bodies across Surrey.

“The industrialisation of the Weald promised by the oil and gas industry is under way,” said Green Councillor Jonathan Essex.

“This will put a huge strain on our already pressurised regulatory bodies, and on our local communities who have to deal with the potential impacts.” 

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Review of Surrey SEND services finds many weaknesses

Local paediatrician Dr Paul Wright reports:

On 1 April 2016 OFSTED and Care Quality Commission (CQC) began a programme to inspect all 152 local areas over five years to evaluate how well they were fulfilling their duties in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people and those who have special educational needs and/ or disability aged 0-25.

20 inspections were completed between May and December 2016. Of the first 16 inspections, 4 areas were issued with Written Statements of Action due to significant concerns. One of the areas which was issued with a Written Statement of Action was Surrey.

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Can you help fund our General Election campaign?

We have launched Crowdfunder appeals to raise funds to help our candidates Jonathan Essex and Benedict Southworth campaign stand in the upcoming General Election.

Jonathan hopes to raise £1,400.  You can support him at:

Benedict hopes to raise £500. You can support him at: 

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Introducing our General Election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on June 8.

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Your County Council candidates

We are fielding eleven candidates in the County Council elections on 4 May. They are standing on a manifesto which prioritises:

  • building a Green economy which creates local jobs
  • protecting the Green Belt and our wider countryside
  • ensuring safe, sustainable, accessible and healthy modes of transport across Surrey
  • defending our public services so that all Surrey residents have a good quality of life
  • working with honesty and transparency to the highest possible standards

Read the Green Manifesto for Surrey 

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email

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Dinner with Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas at Westminster

Caroline Lucas at Westminster


Caroline Lucas, prominent MP and Green Party co-leader, will be speaking at a Fundraising Dinner for East Surrey Green Party in Reigate on 2 March 2017.

Caroline is a passionate campaigner on the environment, social justice and human rights. She has been MP for Brighton Pavilion since 2010, and previously represented the South East of England at the European Parliament for eleven years. She sits on Parliament’s influential Environmental Audit Committee.

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