"A parish meeting was held at the Constitutional Hall on Tuesday evening, the fourth day of December 1894, at six o'clock." These are the opening sentences of the Parish meeting minutes book, forming the first Parish Council in Bramley.
It then lists 54 people as present. The Honourable Henry Cubitt was proposed to take the chair. He lived at Birtley House and was MP for Reigate and South West Surrey. Seventeen nominations were handed in and hands were raised for each candidate. Nine Councillors were elected, and Mr Horace Ricardo was elected first chairman of the Council.
Today, Bramley Parish Council still has nine Councillors, all of whom live within the Parish and are unpaid volunteers. The Council employs a part-time Clerk. We manage and fund a range of activities on behalf of our communities: the Council-owned property (including the Village Hall, the Eastwood Road playground, common land and the Sports Pavilion on Gosden Common).
We also review and comment on all local planning applications; co-ordinate with Surrey County Council and Waverley Borough Council on issues that affect the parish and help deal with issues raised by residents.
You are welcome to contact your Parish Councillors about any local issue of concern. Their contact details can be found on the Councillors page. You may also contact Kathy Victor, the Parish Clerk, by telephone, email or visit her on any Tuesday or Thursday morning between 9:00am and 12:00pm at the Parish Office in the Village Hall. You are invited to attend Parish Council and Planning Review Committee meetings, which are held in the Parish meeting room at the Village Hall. Details about forthcoming meetings and links to records of previous meetings can be found on the Council Meetings page.