Message from the Leader - 24th June

Thank you to everyone who has been out to support their local businesses in the last week.  As more and more shops and services open across the district we have been visiting our town and village centres to give advice on government guidelines and coronavirus safety measures.  With yesterday’s news of further restrictions lifting on the 4th July, we will continue to work with all sectors.  If you are a business and need advice or assistance you can email us directly on

Dorking’s Friday, outdoor market, run by Mole Valley District Council, has been open throughout the pandemic and we now have 5 stalls every week providing fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, bread and pastries, flowers and essential groceries.  The Food Float is back in town but temporarily situated in St Martin’s Walk, Dorking, complementing the market. In addition we are working with the Dorking BID to re-introduce their monthly Artisan market.

Leatherhead’s market, run by the Mole Valley Chamber of Commerce, is now also up and running again on a Thursday and Saturday every week, and the return of their Artisan Market is planned for the 26th June in the High Street.

Our Chairman, Mary Huggins has been out with Councillor Clayton Wellman, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy in both Leatherhead and Dorking visiting businesses and the markets, greeting shoppers, socially distanced of course.

“There are details on our website about webinars and one-to-one expert advice sessions, run by the Retail Group, that we are offering free of charge to retail businesses, bookings can be made via

There is just one week to go before deadline for applications for the Discretionary Business Grants closes (6pm Tues 30th June), please check in with any family and friends who you think may be eligible for this.  You can apply by visiting

With the hot weather forecast for the rest of the week please do all take care, stay hydrated and check in with vulnerable friends and neighbours.

Again, as lockdown eases further, we thank you for all the kindness you are showing to each other.  Your ongoing patience towards each other and those working in the shops is much appreciated.