Community Update January 2020

We wish you all a very Happy New Year!

The Guildford Dragon

Those brave souls who turned out on a very chilly evening back in November to hear a talk on the Guildford Dragon enjoyed a most entertaining evening. Martin Giles, co-founder and editor, gave a very informative presentation about the online newspaper. The Dragon came into being in 2012 with the aim of providing a good quality Guildford focussed news service that would be delivered by Guildford reporters – you can find out more about the history of the Dragon by visiting the website and clicking on the About Us heading. Martin outlined the wide range of news covered, and the need to distinguish between fact and opinion. He noted the scrutiny role of the Dragon, especially with regard to our Borough and County Councils, and emphasised the need for accurate impartial reporting. A lively discussion followed Martin’s talk and several members of the audience who had not tried this valuable local asset resolved to give it a go.

If you would like to find out what’s going on in your community and have not yet tried the Dragon, go to:


A message from Andy Clapham, BCA Chairman
Liz Critchfield, our long serving and long suffering secretary, has decided to retire from this position at the AGM next May. She has played an important part in many of the BCA’s successes and in keeping the BCA going over several years and we are very grateful for her efforts.

We are also concerned as to how to replace her in the secretary’s role and really need one or more volunteers. Anyone who thinks they may
be able to contribute or would like more information please email

SCC has announced that all charges for countryside
car parks will be rescinded from April 2020.

Climate Change

David Attenborough has said that climate change is humanity’s greatest threat. It could lead to the extinction of much of the natural world and local communities need to help counter this threat.

How should Guildford react to the climate emergency?
This is the question the Guildford Environment Forum (GEF) will be asking at our public meeting on January 20th. Henrietta Stock, who trained with Al Gore in the US, has helped to prepare a short presentation, which GEF trust will spark plenty of audience discussion. Members of GEF’s Climate Crisis Group will attend the talks and answer questions. We hope many of you will come along to listen, join in the discussion and find out what we can do as individuals and households to make a positive difference. Join us at Sutherland Memorial Hall on 20th January at 8pm.

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 20th January: Climate Change Presentation
  • Monday 16th March: To be announced
  • Monday 18th May: Annual General Meeting of both the BCA and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum

Don’t forget the Winter Lectures every Friday in January, 8pm in the Village Hall.

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

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


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