…to the Surrey Weald village of Newdigate. We are located between the towns of Dorking, Reigate and Horsham, the latter being in the county of West Sussex. We are a vibrant rural community of around 1800 inhabitants and although only 24 miles from Central London the village treasures its peaceful rural surroundings and culture. Even today farming is very much in evidence with crops of Barley, Oats and Wheat being grown in the heavy clay soil.
Considerable historic research about Newdigate has been undertaken by our Local History Society, click here to discover more.
No this was not an April Fool’s joke, many local residents felt the earth move at 12.11pm on 1st April. One resident said it felt like an explosion and he had to look to see if his roof had blown off! Staff in Bob’s shop thought at first there had been a mighty car crash and said all the bottles in their display cabinets shook. The epicentre was Langley Green, just North of Crawley its magnitude was 2.7 on the Richter scale.
Bob’s shop was put on the map by its appearance on Top Gear on the 25 March 2018 edition. Organisers of the Newdigate Bonfire last October noticed a strange orange vehicle on Bob’s forecourt which turned out to be the ‘Track-tor’ in the programme. Bob and his staff looked bemused as Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris dashed into the shop and threw freshly picked carrots into the freezer. Worth a look on iPlayer
Newdigate Community Centre is trying out a new venture. On the second Tuesday of each month the NCC are holding a café in the Village Hall, RH55DA, this is open to all from toddlers to pensioners. The Baby Belles, toddler group, have kindly agreed to layout toys for any toddlers who might bring their mums. There is a choice of different teas, different coffees and hot chocolate plus biscuits and cakes. This week there was a good supply of buttered hot cross buns which went like hot cakes! Entrance is free but donations are requested to cover the cost of the refreshments. Any surplus money will go to the maintenance of the Village Hall. The café is open from 9.15am, with aim of encouraging the school run mothers to drop in, until noon.
Any offers of help or suggestions please phone 01306 631115 or 631391
NCC now have a new kitchen which we hope all users will enjoy. It been provided and installed by Orchid Kitchens of Horley and has been partially funded by a £5,000 grant from the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, a generous anonymous donation of £2,000 and £351 kindly donated from the closing funds of the Newdigate Friendship Group plus £100 from the Newdigate Horticultural Society.
Interactive Map of Newdigate
Run your mouse pointer over the map until an area highlights in red and then click to view a photo