Effingham Parish Council





Howard School 2014




Planning permission has now been given to Berkeley Homes and the Howard Partnership Trust to rebuild the Howard School on land at Effingham Lodge Farm, paid for by building around 295 new homes on Effingham Lodge Farm, on the current school site, and on Browns Field. The permission was given by the Secretary of State on appeal, and the appeal decision can be viewed here.


An Effingham Liaison Group of parish councillors and members of the Effingham Residents Association Committee, coordinated by borough councillor Liz Hogger, has been set up to meet periodically with Berkeley Homes to discuss the development. The aim of the Group is to seek the best outcome for Effingham from the proposals. Notes on the Liaison Group meetings can be found here.







The Chairman presented his Annual Report for the 2018-19 electoral year at the Annual Parish Meeting held on 9 April 2019. The report is available (as pdf) here.







The Effingham Neighbourhood Plan was adopted in April 2018, and is available to view here.


Anyone preparing a planning application for any sort of development within the civil parish of Effingham should have regard to this Neighbourhood Plan, as well as the Guildford Local Plan and the 2018 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).





Vacancies have arisen for the appointment of two Trustees to the Effingham Village Recreation Trust (EVRT) by Effingham Parish Council.


The Trust’s main task is to manage the King George V Hall and Fields (KGV) at Browns Lane in Effingham, in line with the charity’s objectives of providing facilities for recreation and leisure for local residents. You can read more about the Trust at https://www.effinghamkgv.co.uk/about-us/. Effingham Parish Council appoints four out of the seven Trustees, but is now looking to fill just two places to join the continuing Trustees on the Board, for a term of up to four years.


This is a particularly exciting time to be a Trustee, since funding will be available to rebuild the KGV Hall in the next few years to provide facilities meeting modern-day expectations. The Trustees seek to balance the needs of the many different groups and organisations who use the KGV, and to do this it is important for Trustees to be independent and committed to serving the whole community.


What sort of person can be a Trustee?


We seek new Trustees with a 'can-do' attitude and possessing appropriate skills such as:

    • Financial management and control, preparing business plans

    • Preparing and managing formal documents, including legal agreements

    • Surveying, architecture and planning (for the KGV rebuild)

    • Event management, fund-raising and grant applications

    • Communications and media, including web site development


If you are interested in this vacancy, please contact the Parish Clerk.

This advertisement is also downloadable as pdf here.


Ian Symes


Effingham Parish Council



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The galleon used as this website's logo is the emblem of both the Parish Council and the village. The image depicts the first of no less than five Ark Royal ships to serve the Crown, and was the flagship of the English Fleet in which Lord Howard of Effingham successfully faced the Spanish Armada in 1588. Sir Walter Raleigh had the ship built in Deptford in 1587 for his own use, but before launch she was purchased by Queen Elizabeth I for £5000. Subsequent HMS Ark Royals were launched in 1914, 1937, 1950 & 1981, the last of which was decommissioned in 2011. Captain Kyd, the last commander, expressed the hope that there would be a sixth Ark Royal in the not-too-distant future. "It is an iconic name that has real resonance with the British people, with the Royal Navy, and around the world."


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