Reigate & Banstead Borough Council turns 50

50 Years logo

On 1 April 2024 Reigate & Banstead turned 50! The half century will be marked throughout the year by holding a series of special events (see below for further details).

We share this milestone with many other borough councils also established under the Local Government Act of 1972 (, which brought major changes to the local government system and reduced the number of councils from 1,245 to 412.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council was created on 1 April 1974 when the Borough of Reigate was combined with Banstead Urban District to form the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. It also included Horley, Salfords and Sidlow, which was previously in Dorking and Horley Rural District.

Events and activities

Share your photos and memories #RBBC50

Take part in our 50 years celebrations by sharing your favourite memory, moment or thing about our borough from the last 50 years on social media by uploading photos using #RBBC50

How the hashtag (#) works

By using #RBBC50 within your post on social media (X, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) it becomes a clickable, searchable link. For example, when you click on #RBBC50 (or search for it on your chosen social media platform) you will see all the images and videos published on that platform using that hashtag. Please note the hashtag does not give image/video usage or reposting permissions.

If you are not on social media but still would like to share your photos with us please post them to (and include your contact details): #RBBC50, Communications Team, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SH (we do not accept responsibility for any photos lost in the post and cannot return your images to you).

Flickr online gallery

We would like to showcase some of the photos on our Flickr online gallery, so please do not be surprised if we contact you to request permission for us to either repost on our social media account(s) or add to the images within our Flickr #RBBC50 online gallery.

50 things to do in the borough of Reigate & Banstead

We've collated 50 activities in the borough that are low or no cost. You'll see the activities are split into categories which include: history and culture, sport and physical, family-friendly and community and back to nature. Visit our 50 things to do in the borough of Reigate & Banstead webpage and see how many can you complete.

Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards

In addition to the annual Volunteer Awards ceremony, the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead will celebrate a Long Serving Volunteer award in an extra category as part of our 50 years celebrations. Further information can be found on our Volunteer Awards webpage.

Nominations close on Sunday 9 June with an awards ceremony in July 2024.

Civic events and activities

The Mayor’s office has organised the following events:

  • Alderman and Freeman installations: a resolution has been past to install two Freemen and two Aldermen this year as part of our 50-year anniversary (only three Freemen have been installed in the last 50 years).
  • Leader’s badge of office: produced as part of the 50-year anniversary to be worn at official events
  • Leader’s board: a historical record of the Leaders of the Council since 1974, to be installed in the Town Hall

Other activities - coming soon

Please check our website and social media channels for further updates.