Community Update November 2019

Meeting with our new councillors

Members of the BCA committee have had a useful and wide-ranging discussion with our new local councillors, Ted Mayne and George Potter. Topics covered included the possible loss of the New Inn surgery, the car parking fiasco at Sutherland Memorial Park and the implications of the Local Plan, especially with regard to Gosden Hill. There will be another meeting in October which will include a review of traffic problems, a more detailed look at the Gosden Hill proposals and Flood Forum issues.

Bowers Lock

Photo by Jim Allen

You may have noticed that there has been a great deal of work going on around Bowers Lock over the last six months. A new bridge and weir gates have been built to replace the original 1930’s flood control gates. The new work has just been revealed and our intrepid photographer just happened to be there to record the event.

Have you heard of…
…the Guildford Environmental Forum (GEF)?

It is a voluntary body that was founded in January 1993. They work to encourage residents to “…make Guildford and the world beyond a greener and more sustainable place by educating, informing, cuttng energy use, reducing ecological footprints, helping wildlife and tackling climate change.”

You may be aware that many local councils, including GBC, have declared a climate emergency. This is one of the major concerns of the GEF and they will be giving a presentation to the BCA entitled “How should we be reacting to the climate emergency in Guildford.” This will be on Monday 20th January 2020 in Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Don’t forget you can support the BCA by entering the Guildford Lottery. If you buy a weekly £1 ticket, 60p goes towards helping good causes like us – and you will be in with a chance to win cash prizes up to £25,000.
Many thanks to those of you who have bought tickets – you have boosted the BCA finances by nearly £1,000!

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at

Guildford – a town of two dragons

In 1776 it was said that a dragon once blocked a road around Clandon. It was duly despatched but is remembered by a chalk dragon along the A246, created in 1977 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.

The other dragon is, of course, the Guildford Dragon, the online newspaper that started up in 2012 and is required reading for anyone wanting an unbiased view of local events. To quote from its editor Martin Giles –

…it is important for those living and working in Guildford to have an interest in its affairs and news. The endemic apathy in many quarters towards local politics must be challenged for a healthy democracy to exist. Our heritage must be protected and our future properly planned, both with equal vigour.

We are delighted that Martin has accepted an invitation to come and give a presentation about the Guildford Dragon to the BCA and we hope that many of you will join us on Monday 18th November, 8pm at Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Come and join us on
Friday 6th December at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall for drinks and nibbles
at our BCA Christmas Social!

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194


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