Updated details of the funeral service for Kevin Black

Many thanks to everyone for their kind words following the death of the Oxted and District Gazette editor, Kevin Black.

The service for Kevin Black is to be held at :

St Peter & St Paul Edenbridge Parish Church,
Church street,

Time and date : 12 Noon, Friday 25 January 2019

Following the service, the burial will take place at the Eden Valley Woodland burial ground:

Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground

Crouch House Road


Kent, TN8 5LG

Further information :


Please be aware that it will quite muddy at the burial ground, so we would suggest you bring appropriate footwear.

Those of you wishing to join the family gathering following the burial, please make your way to :

The Kent and Surrey Golf Club

Crouch House Road,




Further information:


Should you wish to make a donation in rememberance of Kevin, please make your cheque payable to: The Fountain Centre, C/O Alex Jones Funeral Directors, 1 East Grinstead Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6EP. Alternatively, you may donate directly online to the Fountain Centre.

Many thanks.

Sad news about Kevin Black

Hi everyone. It is with a very sad heart to report that Kevin Black, editor of this online newspaper lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on the morning of 31 December 2018 in hospital. He did not suffer and he was with his family until the end.

Rest in Peace our dear Kevin, we will miss you with all our hearts.

Lots of love from his family: Christine, Dominique, Jessica, Bruno and myself – Jason.

County Leader Hodge announces resignation

david hodge
Warlingham and Tatsfield’s Surrey County Councillor and the Leader of the County, David Hodge, has announced he will resign at the end of the year.

Mr Hodge, who lives in Caterham, has been in the top job for seven years. Before being elected to the County Council he was Tandridge District Councillor for the Queens Park, Caterham, Ward from 1997-2004.

Conservative Councillor Hodge, who received a CBE in 2017 for services to local government and charity, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead Surrey County Council.

“I am proud of what we have achieved during my leadership and my time as deputy leader – in particular the £540 million of savings and efficiencies we have found since 2010, the building of tens of thousands of extra school places and the fantastic improvements to our roads through Operation Horizon.”

A replacement will be appointed on November 23, and Mr Hodge has already announced that he would “most likely” not stand for re-election as councillor for Warlingham and Tatsfield in 2021.