Community Update May 2019

Council Elections Hustings Review

Many thanks to those residents who came along to our GBC election hustings, and thank you also to the candidates who spoke, Christian Holliday, (Conservative), Sue Hackman (Labour) and George Potter (Liberal Democrat). Their running mates, Mike Piper, Poppy Barnett and Ted Mayne were also present.

The three candidates spoke about their vision for the future of Burpham and the challenges that lie ahead. Several common themes ran through their comments and in questions from the audience -housing numbers, the proposed Gosden Hill development, air pollution, traffic congestion and flooding problems.

By the time you read this, the elections, held on May 2nd, will be over and two people will be representing Burpham Ward at Guildford Borough Council. Whoever they are, we wish them well and look forward to working together to make Burpham a truly good place to live.

Traffic Problems

It is not surprising that all the frustrations that stem from traffic problems were aired at the hustings. There cannot be anyone living in the village who does not suffer from congested roads, noise, air pollution, parking issues… and it can only get worse if Gosden Hill and other major developments go ahead. The BCA is committed to trying to do something about the problem and has formed the Burpham Road Action Group (BRAG). This aims to work with residents, local authorities and various agencies to eliminate or at least mitigate some of the issues.

Can we achieve anything?
We already have, by working with the University to monitor air pollution and come up with some positive suggestions to improve air quality – imperative for all of us but especially our children. The next stage is to explore places around Burpham where there is scope for mitigation such as space to plant hedges.

Can we do more?
The honest answer is probably not much, unless a few more people come forward to join us. Half a dozen people, however committed, are limited in what they can achieve. Twice the number has a chance of making a difference – if only by having enough people to form small groups, each working on a specific traffic issue.

If you can spare a few hours a month please join us – contact the Secretary (details below) if you can help.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Community News

No prizes for guessing the location of this lovely winter scene. Do you have any photos of Burpham you would like to share? Please send to the Secretary (details above) and we will print the best in future editions of Burpham Pages, as well as sharing on Facebook and our email newsletter. We are looking for pictures that capture the best of Burpham so traffic congestion doesn’t count!


If enough people contribute we might be able to produce our own 2020 calendar, so get snapping or searching through the folios.

Dates for your Diary

BCA Annual General Meeting, 8pm on Monday 20th May.

The BCA AGM will be preceded by a speaker, details to be announced. The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum will follow. The meeting will be at 8pm, Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Flood Forum, 2.30pm on Friday 10th May, in Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Anne Milton MP will chair the meeting, with representatives from GBC, sec, the Environment Agency, Thames Water and the National Trust. Issues of particular concern are the Merrow Common River, the constant leakage at the corner of Merrow Lane and London Road, the appalling damage being done to the towpath along the Wey and storm drains that overflow… The Forum is open to the public – please contact the Secretary (details above) if you would like to attend as hall space is limited.

Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!

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:

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Community Update September 2018

How do you see Burpham? 

Do you think of it as a village or just part of Guildford’s urban sprawl? Is it your community or just somewhere you live? 

If you investigate the word “community” you have to start with Latin –communitatem, meaning a sense of fellowship and communis meaning common, as in things shared. Both definitions are integrated in the interpretations of community, for example: 

A community is a small or large social unit that has something in common. Communities often share a sense of place. Communities are interacting people sharing an environment.

When the BCA was formed in 1973, the term community association was used, rather than the more usual residents’ association. It emphasised precisely a sense of sharing and belonging. This year sees the 45th anniversary of the BCA -our sapphire anniversary. Will there be a golden celebration? That very much depends on you. In last month’s Burpham Pages we explained the requirement for more residents to come forward and help in various ways. The need is still there. There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting on October 15th – details below – at which we hope to be able to form a new committee to help steer Burpham through the perils of the Local Plan. If we cannot achieve the necessary numbers, then the BCA faces closure.

A link to the past 

All communities start from small beginnings; Burpham has grown from the tiny hamlet mentioned in the Domesday Book to a village of some 2,500 dwellings. Most are post-war but there are a few that remind us of our roots – the New Inn Lane surgery, Marlyn’s Cottage, Pimm’s Row, St Luke’s Church and this familiar hostelry.

The Anchor and Horseshoes is thought to have originally been built in the 17th or early 18th century and records show it has operated as a pub from 1785 onwards. (Moira MacQuaide Hall, Burpham A Gateway to Guildford, 2017).

For many of us, the pub is the heart of community life, and as the Anchor and Horseshoes is now the only one remaining in Burpham, it provides residents with the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, make new friends and enjoy a comfortable and historic environment.

If the pub were to close and the land be developed for housing, it would be a sad loss for the community. So the Anchor and Horseshoes is being nominated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This would designate it as important to the local community and subject to additional protection from development. The BCA and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum both support this nomination. Others wishing to add their support by giving personal reasons for valuing this pub, should contact the Secretary.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Dates for your diary

17th September
A presentation on Mental Health by Rachel Brennan, the SW Surrey Senior Support Advisor for Action for Carers. Her background is in mental health and she has worked for the NHS as an occupational therapist. She works
closely with carers who look after someone with mental health problems, both support groups and one-to-one support.

15th October
Extraordinary General Meeting to decide the future of the Burpham Community Association.

19th November
A presentation on the Guildford Time Bank which is about local people helping and supporting each other by sharing skills, offering practical help or personal support, followed by seasonal drinks and nibbles.

All meetings will be in the Sutherland Memorial Hall, starting at 8pm.

“One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”

Jean Vanier

Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!

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:

Please note, we never share your data or use it for any purpose other communicating about BCA activities.

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
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Account Number: 41049194

Don’t forget that your 2018 BCA Subscriptions are due now!

Community Update March 2018

Welcome to the Burpham Community Association Community Update March 2018

There’s a loose tile on your roof… l’m calling to tell you that you have won £20,000… Place an order and you’ll get a cash prize…

These remarks could be the introduction to a scam – an illegal attempt to con you out of your money. It is estimated that the United Kingdom loses millions of pounds every year to scams – and only one in five is ever reported. Over 60 people came to our meeting on 15th January to listen to Karen Holdsworth-Cannon of Surrey Community Action talk about scams, how they affect people and what can be done to stop them. She gave an account of the kind of scams we face – cold calling doorstep traders, post and telephone scams promising large sums of money or threatening bad luck if you don’t pay up, and a variety of cyber crimes. Some of the stories she told were heartbreaking.

There are things we can all do to deal with scams. If you think you have been scammed or want advice, you can call Trading Standards on 03454 040506. Visit their website bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk or email trading.standards@bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk

You can also get a Scams Awareness Pack which has both information and stickers to put on your door – please contact the BCA Secretary if you would like one (on secretary@burphamca.org.uk or telephone 01483 567791).

Road Action Group (RAG)

By the time we reached mid-January, five complaints concerning congestion, parking and the state of the highways in Burpham had been received. These included issues affecting the London Road, New Inn and Burpham Lanes and Doverfield/Marlyns Drive. Roads, traffic and pollution continue to be a toxic mix for the community and our No.1 cause celebre as we begin 2018. There are a number of individual initiatives underway, but they often occur independently. Perhaps we now need a more co­ordinated and focused approach. The BCA is therefore endeavouring to establish a Road Action Group to try and foster unity of purpose and achievement. Ultimately a principal aim could be to constitute a Road Forum, similar to the Flood Forum, currently chaired by Anne Milton MP. This brings together the various agencies and interested parties to discuss residents’ concerns and agree an action plan to drive issues forward. Such a venture can only be possible if individuals are prepared to join as representatives of their road or locality, and perhaps the efforts of a co­ordinated group of concerned residents, can achieve meaningful change. If you don’t want to lose your rag over traffic issues and would like to join the RAG, please contact the Secretary.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Upcoming Dates for your Diary in 2018

2nd March
The Burpham Flood Forum
Chaired by Anne Milton, the forum will meet at the Village Hall (small hall) at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited so please contact the Secretary if you want to come.

19th March
Talk on the WWII Plane Crash
On the 25th October 1944, a Dakota aircraft crashed into a field at Jacobs Well, killing all 4 crew members. Apart from a brief note in the Surrey Times, nothing more was known. Well -known local historian David Rose has researched the crash and will give what promises to be a fascinating presentation.

21st May
The AGM of the BCA and BNF
The Annual General Meetings of both the Burpham Community Association and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum, which will be preceded by a presentation, details to be confirmed.

July
BCA BBQ
The date is to be decided, but we plan to host a barbecue for members to celebrate the BCA’s 45th anniversary.

17th September
Talk on Mental Health
Rachel Brennan of Action for Carers will give a presentation on mental health issues.

The March, May and September meetings will be held in Sutherland Memorial Hall, starting 8pm. The Burpham Neighbourhood Forum is pleased to announce that it has reapplied for statutory status for another five years.

Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!

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

Don’t forget that your 2018 BCA Subscriptions are due now!