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Welcome to the Shere Parish Council website…

The civil Parish of Shere is the largest in area in the Borough of Guildford, Surrey. The Parish lies in the Green Belt, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Great Landscape Value. It also includes three Conservation Areas (parts of the villages of Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere). The total population is approximately 3,500. Shere Parish Council serves the four villages of Gomshall, Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere and also a large part of Abinger Hammer (excluding the village centre). For a brief introduction to each of the communities, please click on the appropriate image below.


Automated External Defribillators 

Shere Parish Council installed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) within the four villages of our parish many years ago. Since then, they have been maintained and kept in good working order, ready for emergencies. The current model has now been discontinued and the supplies of accessories are being run down. This means we have to replace the units and the tired old cabinets, which keep them at optimal temperature, within the next 12 months.

It will cost £6,900 to replace them and Shere Parish Council does not have the funds needed to cover this cost. We have already received a donation from Shere Cinema of £500 and the CO-OP in Shere recently replaced the cabinet which houses one of the defibrillators. This contribution has helped us work towards our target, but we still have a way to go – by asking for your help we hope we can replace these units which have proved to be such valuable assets within our community.

No one knows when tragedy will strike, when an AED may save the life of yourself or a loved one. The AEDs are registered with The Circuit which shows where they are located for individuals or the emergency services to access. The new units will also be suitable for children.

We have set up a Just Giving page – please give as little or as much as you can, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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Shere Car Park Charging

Statement from Shere Parish Council Chairman Roy Davey
Shere Parish Council are responsible for managing and maintaining Shere’s Public Car Park. The Car Park is on the Recreation Ground – land purchased in 1926 by public subscription – the title of which is held in Trust by the Trustees of Shere Recreation Ground Association, a registered Charity.
For some months the Parish Council and The Trustees have been debating the question of charging visitors for use of this car park.
As there was a disagreement in the interpretation of the Agreement, we went before an independent Adjudicator, appointed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. On November 15th the Adjudicator’s decision was delivered. The decision was in favour of the Parish Council’s plan to charge users of the car park, for parking when visiting Shere.
The reason for charging is not to discourage visitors from coming to our attractive small village in the Surrey Hills. It is to relieve you, the residents, of the substantial costs you pay via your annual precept charge (collected via your Council Tax ), for the maintenance and repairing of the car park, and other village facilities such as the public toilets etc – which are largely provided for, and used by, the many visitors to our small village.

Some questions and concerns have been voiced by both residents and businesses. Answers to some of these can be found by clicking HERE.opens PDF file

Engagement Session – Pedestrianising The Square, Shere
Surrey County Council (SCC) are proposing changes to The Square, Shere to pedestrianise the space and make it a nicer place for residents.

The consultation results are now available HEREopens PDF file .

The Parish council has been informed that they will be trialling Option B but with a reduction of the pedestrianised space, to end at the edge of the café and three parking spaces parallel to the kerb (rather than at right angles). There will also not be a picnic table. As soon as the new plan is made available to the Parish Council, it will be uploaded here.
Once the trial is in place residents will have 6 months to make comments – how to do this will be advertised as soon as details are available.
The Parish Council is keen to ensure Surrey County Council understands the views of the residents most affected and therefore will be talking to the residents of The Square and reporting back their comments on the new amended proposal before the trial begins.

Do I Need Planning Permission for Solar Panels?

Shere Parish Council has been asked this question and so we asked Guildford Borough Council Planning for their response.

Click Here to see what they repliedopens PDF file . For additional information take a look at the Planning Portal or contact Guildford Borough Council.

Emergency Planning – Be Prepared

Here is some information on how you can be prepared for an emergency whether that is a power cut, flood or any emergency that could impact your daily life –
Click on each link below for more information.  Make sure your neighbours, friends and families are prepared!

Surrey Prepared – opens in a new windowWork together to plan prepare and help to prevent emergenciesopens PDF file
Surrey Prepared – opens in a new windowIn case of emergency, template to complete with important telephone numbers and contactsopens PDF file
Surrey prepared – opens in a new windowFind and sign up to a Priority Services Registeropens PDF file
opens in a new windowFlooding Risk – Be Prepared opens PDF file

Community Food Larder

Our new Community Food Larder is now fully open, located at Tanyard Hall, Gomshall and available on a 24 hour basis, 7 days per week. For more information, click here.


Shere Parish Council Draft Strategic 5-Year Plan 2022 – 2027opens PDF file

Shere Parish Council’s Strategic Plan is being created to identify, consult, and implement the vision, key objectives and direction of the council
on behalf of the villages, over the next five years.
This draft document distinguishes the difference between the ongoing activities of running the parish council and with making changes to the parish
i.e., how the parish council, in consultation with the residents, would like to make improvements for the community and environment over the next five years.
This is a draft document and will be reviewed and updated as projects progress and new suggestions are incorporated.
If you would like to get involved or make suggestions, please contact one of your councillors or the office new email

Tanyard Hall Drop-in Mornings

The Drop In Centre is now fully open on Monday and Thursday mornings between 10.30am and 12.30pm.. Our regular agenda includes guest speakers, Movie Monday’s at Shere Village Hall, occasional outings and a hot meal each month. We are always open for coffee, cake and a chat.  Come along and join in the conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.  Click on the link above for  more information about this month’s activities.

For more information and this month’s programme, click here

New Proposed Speed Limits

Surrey County Council (SCC) are introducing new speed limits around the parish this financial year, replacing unsuitable 60mph limits with 20mph.

Click here for details of the exisiting and proposed changes to the speed limitsopens PDF file
Data on speeds in the parish was collected earlier this year by SCC and can be found hereopens PDF file

This community website has 5 main areas of focus. Click any of the images or headline links below to visit each section.

Tanyard Hall

The Parish Council

The meetings, functions and archives of the Parish Council.


Latest Parish News & Information

Report a problem, monthly news reports, events, travel information, local maps and other useful information.

Shere village hall

Community Facilities & Services

Infomation of local amenities and facilities, and detail on how to hire.

Village cricket

Community Organisations and Services

Details of all the local organisations in the Parish.

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