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If you are searching for specific information, you can use key words to look at any entry on this website - simply type in the words you want and click Go. Results are grouped to show, for example all web pages together and then all documents. You can narrow the search by looking at the categories which are listed at the top of the search page.All parts of an item are searched, including most attachments.

Some sections of the site have their own search function, which may be easier than searching whole site.

We have excluded pdfs from the search while we work on improving how the results for these are returned.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please let us know so we can improve our search.

How to improve the results of a search

Wildcard (*)
Use * at the end of a word to get results using all variants of the word, eg test* will list items that contain any one of: test, tests, testing, tested.

AND, OR, NOT
Use AND, OR, NOT to join or separate words in the same section of an item or page (eg words in the title, or words in the page content), eg Dog OR Cat will return results containing either Dog or Cat, or both. Dog AND Cat will return only results containing both Dog and Cat.

NEAR
Use NEAR if you want to obtain results with your keywords within a few words of each other in the same section of an item or page, but you are not sure of the exact phrase used, eg Tandridge NEAR Council will return items containing "Tandridge District Council", and "Tandridge Council", but not one with Tandridge in the first sentence and Council at the bottom of the page.

Search for a phrase or string of text " "
To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks around it, eg "Tandridge Magazine", "car parks". This is useful for place names, legal terms and document types, where you want to ensure that words appear next to each other on the page.