Horsell Snow Angels

A member of the Surrey Prepared, Woking and Horsell communities

About Horsell Snow Angels

A pop-up volunteering group helping the elderly and anyone else who needs help in Horsell when it snows or freezes. We do small amounts of shopping, collect prescriptions, walk dogs and clear snow.

Call 01483 380025 for help on snowy or icy days. (The service is not available at other times).

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Introducing Horsell Prepared

Horsell Prepared offers an opportunity to support your local community here in Horsell in a really simple way - just like Snow Angels, but all year round.

Horsell Prepared aims to build a long list of volunteers (individuals and groups) to call upon in the event of a local emergency or incident. Volunteers will support emergency services or authorities (not do their job for them!).

We expect to call upon our volunteer list 4-5 times a year.

There is no obligation for volunteers to respond to a call-out, but if you are available (in Horsell) and willing, you'll get the opportunity to help out (just like Snow Angels).

We'll also be holding preventative 'Action Days' to help prepare for, and prevent, "things going wrong" such as flooding in Horsell. It's a good way to meet other locals and help your neighbourhood at the same time.

We hope you'd like to be involved. If so, or if you'd like to find out more, we'd really like you to come to one of our Induction Training meetings.

They are on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in St Andrew’s Room at St Mary’s Church:

  • Afternoon session - arrive 2.15 for a 2.30 start
  • Evening session - arrive at 7.15 for a 7.30 start
You can pop along to one of these meetings. If you know you are coming, please reply to this email to let us know.

Whether or not you can't make these Induction events, please consider signing up as a Horsell Prepared volunteer using this form - https://helencammack.typeform.com/to/tdyd3A

Woking Snow Angels?

In Horsell, the pop-up voluntary group Snow Angels was active throughout the snowy period, serving anyone in the GU21 4__ postcodes who needed help with:

  • Basic shopping items
  • Dog walking
  • Prescription collection
  • Small amounts of snow clearance
The scheme has attracted a lot of volunteers in Horsell, and could now be expanded across the whole of Woking using the same processes developed in Horsell.

If you live elsewhere in Woking, and would like to help expand the Snow Angels scheme to your part of the town, please get in touch by calling 01483 380025 and leaving a message.

Sunday 18th March - Snow Angels Active!

We're activating the service today, so call 01483 380025 if you need anything doing for you today, and if you live in a GU21 4__ postcode.

Don't hesitate, call us if you need provisions, dog walking, or snow clearance. Don't take a risk by going out in the snow if you think you are at any risk.

Snow Angels make the village safe for Saturday morning

Many thanks to Paul, Ian, Laura, Stephen, Robin, Amanda and Helen for clearing snow from all the pavements in the heart of the village, and gritting them, from 8am to 9.30am this Saturday morning (March 3rd).

The snow is now melting, but at least those who want to reach the shops should not be slipping on the High Street.

Many thanks also to Cafe Class Deli who offered us free coffees afterwards (and to Boz & Ali who also offered to pay for the coffees). We appreciate the support from local traders. Also thanks to the many people who stopped to chat with us.

Friday 2nd March 2018 - Snow Angels Active!

It's the third day of activity for Snow Angels. Please tell anyone who needs our service to call 01483 380025.

As a reminder, we're here for anyone in the GU21 4__ postcodes who might need:

  • Basic shopping items getting from the shops
  • Dog walking
  • Prescription collection
  • Small amounts of snow clearance, if necessary
The service is for those worried about their mobility or safety in the snow. If in doubt about your safety to go out, please don't take the risk and don't venture out! Call us instead and I'm sure one of our volunteers can help.

Thursday 1st March 2018 - Snow Angels Active!

Snow Angels is active today for the second day. Please tell anyone who needs our service to call 01483 380025.

As a reminder, we're here for anyone in the GU21 4__ postcodes who might need:

  • Basic shopping items getting from the shops
  • Dog walking
  • Prescription collection
  • Small amounts of snow clearance, if necessary
The service is for those worried about their mobility or safety in the snow. If in doubt about your safety to go out, please don't take the risk and don't venture out! Call us instead and I'm sure one of our volunteers can help.

Report on Wednesday 28th February 2018

The snow didn't end up being too serious and was melting throughout the day, with only brief extra flurries later in the day.

52 local volunteers responded to our text message, and 19 were available to help.

We only had 1 request for help - a prescription collection.

Given the amount of overnight snow, and more expected, today may be a lot busier!

Wednesday February 28th 2018 - Snow Angels active!

Snow Angels is active today. Please tell anyone who needs our service to call 01483 380025.

As a reminder, we're here for anyone in the GU21 4__ postcodes who might need:

  • Basic shopping items
  • Dog walking
  • Prescription collection
  • Small amounts of snow clearance


The service is for those worried about their mobility or safety in the snow. If in doubt, please don't take the risk and don't go out! Call us instead and I'm sure we can help.

Monday Feb 26th - Snow Angels on standby!

Horsell Snow Angels is on standby to activate over the next week or two, as weather worsens.

This is a picture of the Basingstoke canal this morning. Snow has been arriving in flurries.

We encourage anyone who feels that they need help to call the Snow Angels number 01483 380025. There is an answerphone message on this line at the moment, and anyone in need of help can leave a message which will be instantly accessed.

If we receive more than one or two requests for help, we will open the line properly, which means it will be answered immediately, and we'll send text messages out to volunteers in order to establish their availability for helping.

Residents are reminded that if they have mobility problems (even if they consider these 'borderline' or if they don't normally have problems), they should call Snow Angels rather than taking any risks in the snow or ice. The aim is to prevent unnecessary accidents. Accidents in the snow and ice can be catastrophic for the elderly, ill or pregnant women. So don't take the risk! Call us instead, and we'll make sure you don't need to go out.

Horsell Snow Angels is happening again in 2017/18

Tell your friends and neighbours - Horsell Snow Angels will be live in Horsell this year when it snows or is icy.

If you know of anyone who might need help so they don't need to risk going out in the snow, make sure they know they can call upon Horsell Snow Angels during bad weather, and the number to call is 01483 380025. Snow Angels is a service provided by volunteers for anyone who needs help with the following services in particularly bad weather:

  • Shopping
  • Dog walking
  • Prescription collection
  • Snow clearance
The number to call (as always) is 01483 380025. When it is not snowy or icy there will be an answerphone.

To volunteer as a Snow Angel, please email snowangels@horsellresidents.com. You can also sign up to receive email updates at horsellsnowangels.interests.me, in case you might want to use the service.

Know anyone who would like to receive updates?

If so, please send them here - horsellsnowangels.interests.me - where they can add their email address to our public mailing list and hear about service updates (eg whether we are operating on a snowy day).

This could be potential users of our service who have access to email, or their relatives or carers, or local journalists who want to know about our service so they can inform the public.