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Great Bookham

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Bookhams Residents' Association (BRA) was established in 1926 and aims to represent the views of all who live in Great and Little Bookham on important local issues to the local authorities and other public bodies and is independent of all political parties. The BRA has a membership of 3,000 households which represents 7,000 residents i.e. approximately 60% of Bookham's population. By having a strong membership embracing the whole of Bookham the BRA can ensure that members views will be respected, noted and acted upon by the local authorities and others. BRA Membership is £3.00 per annum per household

The Committee meets monthly to discuss local issues and agree on any actions to be taken. Local Councillors also attend these meetings and participate fully in the discussions. The Committee meetings are open so any BRA member may attend and are held on the first Monday of the month (except for Bank Holidays, when they are one week later) in the Church Room, St Nicolas Church and commence at 7.30 p.m.

The BRA Newsletter is published twice a year in the spring and autumn and is delivered by a team of volunteers to member's homes. In addition to the print edition the BRA website is updated regularly as and when new stories affecting the Bookhams arise and an e-mail bulletin service is also available. On the web site you will also find a list of the BRA Officers whom you can contact with any enquiries.

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Village Council? No Thanks! Support the BRA Petition Against a Village Council - No More Tax

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
During the last week volunteers have been delivering leaflets to households in Bookham asking residents to support a petition against a Village Council as part of the Governance Review review that is being conducted by Mole Valley District Council. If ... [ more ]
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Neil W
CVRW - I'm sorry you've had some negative experiences that lead you to be so concerned.   They are valid concerns, and should be addressed by any arrangement for a village council.  I get no sense of 'big spenders' from the conversations I've had, and ... [ more ]
Cath H
We're getting rather off topic on this post, so I have provided answers about how a village council is created and links to what it could do and how this is decided. One of the benefits of a local council is that it can plan for the future, so ... [ more ]

BEAM blog updated - comment on the BRA e-petition and leaflet

BEAM for Bookham
in BEAM for Bookham
BEAM has updated the blog on the website, commenting on the BRA e-petition- have a read here http://beamforbookham.uk/blog/is-bra-e-petition-a-waste-of-mvdc-precious-resources ... [ more ]
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BEAM for Bookham
Connie, we are not sure what questions you are referring to but to answer your points above: Between February and June 2015, as the timeline above indicates, BEAM members were liasing with MVDC as to the format of the petition to launch a CGR. We ... [ more ]
Connie L
Unanswered question is "when was the grant applied for"? You could also include in your reply the reasons used to justify the application.

Part Night Street Lighting To Be Implemented in Bookham

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
As per other threads on Streetlife on the Surrey County Council Part Night Street Lighting Programme we have distilled the list to those roads in Bookham that will be affected.  The programme will be implemented in February in the village. Street ... [ more ]
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Gill A
Perhaps people are concerned about burglaries... a well-lit property is less appealing, and personally I was really happy to buy a house with a street light outside. Now that I know it will be turned off in the darkest hours of the night I'm afraid I ... [ more ]
T&R
Oh, I absolutely understand why people have the motion-activated lights - we have one too!  It's the ones that are bright, and on all the time, that I've issues with.  There is another house in a nearby road to us that has lights on at night on each ... [ more ]

Public meeting to discuss traffic speeding in Little Bookham Street

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Little Bookham Village Hall
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
Public meeting hosted by the BRA and Surrey County Councillor, Clare Curran, to discuss traffic speeding in Little Bookham Street. Residents in Little Bookham Street particularly welcome.

Christmas Lights in Church Road, Lower Shott and the High Street

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
You will have noticed that this year there is a new set of Christmas lights in Church Road, Lower Shott and the High Street. This is thanks to a new contractor DCI Lighting who is based on the Bookham Industrial Estate. DCI responded positively to ... [ more ]
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Ej v
A smile and laughter sense of cheer in our household well done look great
Ian N
Beautuful lights - one of the best in the area. The blue clusters in tree at top of High Street are brilliant. Welll done someone

Crime Scene appeal: Did you see a red and white motorbike last weekend?

Bookhams Residents' Association
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The BRA has received the following request for assistance from Surrey Police. This is associated with other threads on StreetLife concerning this serious crime. ------------- Surrey Police is appealing for anyone who saw a red and white motorbike, ... [ more ]

BRA Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
The BRA Autumn 2016 Newsletter has been published and is currently being delivered to BRA Members by our team of Road Stewards. There is plenty of news from around the village for you to enjoy and to keep up to date with. Attached is the PDF edition.  ... [ more ]

October Monthly Litter Pick

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Lower Shott car park
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
Time for our regular litter pick. Meet on Sunday at 11.00 in the Lower Shott car park. Gloves, grabs and high vis tops will be provided. Thes session usally lasts around 90 minutes. All Welcome!

Monthly Litter Pick

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Lower Shott car park
Bookhams Residents' Association
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Time once again for our regular monthly litter pick. Meet on Sunday at 11.00 in the Lower Shott car park. Gloves, grabs and high vis tops will be provided. The session usally lasts around 90 minutes. All welcome!

Southern Railway Timetable Changes from 5th September

Bookhams Residents' Association
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Bookham train users will be pleased to learn that Southern have announced that the Guildford to London and the London to Guildford rush-hour services are being re-instated from Monday 5th September 2016. But, there is an RMT strike on Wednesday 7th ... [ more ]

Vandalism at Chrystie Recreation Ground - Bookham

Bookhams Residents' Association
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We have received the following request from Surrey Police for assistance from Bookham residents following vandalism at Chrystie Recreation Ground: Who’s damaging the Chrystie Recreation Ground in Great Bookham? The local Area Patrol Team in Mole ... [ more ]

BRA Spring 2015 Newsletter

Bookhams Residents' Association
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This is to let the Streetlife Bookham community know that the spring edition of Bookhams Residents' Assocation Newsletter is now available on the BRA website. There are lots of updates for you to enjoy and Peter Seaward, BRA Chairman, muses over the ... [ more ]

Printers

Debbie L in Great Bookham
Does anyone know of a reasonably priced printing company who produce good quality leaflets. Thanks debbie
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Clean for the Queen - Bookham Litter Pick

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Meet at the top of Bookham High Street
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Great Bookham
On Sunday 6th March at 10.00. AM join us for our first Litter Pick as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign! There is a lot of litter around parts of Bookham that is spoiling the appearance of our lovely village. If you are willing to give up one ... [ more ]
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Extra Ordinary General Meeting - 11th November 2015 - 7.30 PM

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Barn Hall - Church Road - Bookham
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Great Bookham
This EGM is being called so that we can ask BRA members to approve or otherwise changing the BRA legal status from the current form to one of “A Company Limited by Guarantee”. Although this change will not affect the normal day to day activities of ... [ more ]

National Remembrance Day – 11th November

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Bookham - Squareabout
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Great Bookham
This is advise residents that the Squareabout and the four roads leading to it for about twenty metres will be closed to all traffic from 10.45 am until 11.15am on Wednesday 11th November. This is to ensure that the annual Remembrance service at the ... [ more ]
Edward T
Are there going to be any signs put up to forewarn those who do not see this on Streetlife but do use the junction regularly?

New Playground for Lower Road Recreation Ground announced by MVDC.

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Mickleham
Bookham residents with young families will be please to hear that Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has announced that a design submitted by HAGS SMP for a new playground in Lower Road Recreation Ground has been accepted by the Council and an order ... [ more ]
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Is a Village or Parish Council Necessary for Bookham?. What Residents need to consider

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Mickleham
Earlier this year The Bookhams Residents' Association  posted its initial comments on a proposal for a Parish or Village Council for Bookham. Since then there has been broader discussion on Streetlife and in the local press. The BRA has followed these ... [ more ]
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Fly Tipping at Bookham Common

Bookhams Residents' Association
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The BRA has received notification from Surrey Police of a fly tipping incident at Bookham Common. The police think there may be a link to white tipper with orange writing on the side. Any information that people may have please give the council a call ... [ more ]
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Denise
Someone fly tipped an old bed next to The Meeting Place Community Hub in Church Road. Yesterday I sent a message to MVDC at 09.30 and by 11.00am the council had taken photos and removed the rubbish. Well done to MVDC for their work on dealing with ... [ more ]
Denise
I am disappointed and annoyed that there has been yet another incident of fly tipping at the Meeting Place Community Hub at the end of The Park just one day after the council removed the other rubbish. If anyone saw this latest incident which must ... [ more ]

Does Bookham need a Parish Council?

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Bookhams Residents' Association
A case as to whether or not Bookham would be better served by having a Parish Council is to be mounted by a group of individuals led by Trevor Sokell. The aim is to provide Mole Valley District Council with evidence of sufficient electorate interest ... [ more ]
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Nicola R
As far as I am aware no property in Bookham has ever been valued at £2m+ so the mansion tax may be irrelevant! Any discount on Council tax would also apply to the precept so where people qualify for Council tax reductions they would not pay the ... [ more ]
Michael A
With regard to setting up a community fund, John D says :  "you would need to appoint a local committee to administer it. How else would you decide the uses to which it should be put. Would the committee be elected? Or would it be made up of the ... [ more ]

Does Bookham need a Parish Council?

Bookhams Residents' Association
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A case as to whether or not Bookham would be better served by having a Parish Council is to be mounted by a group of individuals led by Trevor Sokell. The aim is to provide Mole Valley District Council with evidence of sufficient electorate interest ... [ more ]

Banners on the Safety Railings the junction of the A246 and Bookham High St.

Bookhams Residents' Association
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Recently there has been a proliferation of posters and banners from commercial and community groups on the safety railings at the junction of the A246 and Bookham High Street Surrey County Council Highways have advised the BRA that the attachment of ... [ more ]
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Jaine W
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I agree with Les wholeheartedly on this one. Many times I have been distracted by an eye catching banner. I've driven around the block, thanking my lucky stars I didn't cause an accident, parked the car, walked up to the railing, diced with death - ... [ more ]
Martin Y
I could never understand why i am not allowed to litter, but businesses and others can put up posters, and not remove them after the event. And as for putting bits of paper on my car - Errrr, yuk !

Leatherhead Flood Presentation

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Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, KT22 8AY
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Polesden Lacey
A presentation on flooding has been arranged in Leatherhead which may be of interest to local residents who were affected during the winter storms. The presentation is entitled: “Home and Community Resilience” How to mitigate Floods to be held on ... [ more ]
Linda T
On 3 May 2014 10am- noon there will be a Flood Fair at St Mary's Church Hall Fetcham.  Full details available here: https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/36ajnjqmwd0ix/

AGM - Thursday, 24th April at 7.30 pm

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Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham
Bookhams Residents' Association
in Polesden Lacey
Just to remind Bookham residents that we will be shortly holding our 87th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 24th April 2014 at 7.30 PM To be Held at the Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham Agenda 1. Welcome, Introductions and Apologies 2. ... [ more ]

BRA Spring 2014 Newsletter

Bookhams Residents' Association
in Polesden Lacey
The BRA Spring  2014 Newsletter PDF edition is now available to download. A packed edition has articles on the flooding in the village and the Green Belt consultation. The print edition will be delivered to BRA members shortly.