Spring 2018 Newsletter

The BRA Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available with the AGM Agenda, articles on infrastructure, community, environment, local transport and leisure from around the village. Click on the image below to read on line. BRA Members will be receiving their printed copy from their Road Steward shortly.

If you are not a member but would like to join the BRA let us know via our Contact the BRA page  and we will be in touch. The subscription is £3.00 per annum per household.

AGM Agenda

To: All Members

This is the formal notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at the Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7.30 pm.


1.Welcome, Introduction and Apologies
2.Minutes of the 90th Annual General Meeting 2017
2.2Matters Arising
Chairman’s Report: Report on the activities of the Association during 2017
4.Treasurer’s Report: To receive the Accounts for the Financial Year ending December 2017
5.Election of Directors
5.1To note any resignations from the Board
5.2o re-elect Andrew Freeman and Chris Pullan who retire by rotation under Article 55 and who offer themselves for re-election
5.3To elect new Directors
6.Election of Officers of the Company
6.1Election of Chairman
6.2Election of Vice Chairman
6.3Election of Treasurer
7.Appointment of Independent Examiner for 2018
8.Determination of Membership Subscription
9.Any Other Business
10.Guest Speakers: Karen Brimacombe – Chief Executive, Mole Valley District
Council and Daniel Elkeles - Chief Executive of St Helier and Epsom Hospital Trust.

If you would like to nominate a Director for the Board of Directors please advise the Company Secretary, John Howarth, no later than 26th April 2018 in writing to the Registered Office address or by email to qvdhow@tecres.net.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to appoint a proxy to vote at the meeting please advise me no later than 8th May 2018.

If you would like to present Motions for Discussion please advise Andrew Freeman
(Administration Director) no later than 4th May 2018 at Hylands, Crabtree Close,
Bookham, KT23 4PQ or by email to: admin@bookhamresidents.org.uk

Those attending who are not members may join at the door. Subscription is £3 per

Please note that there will be wine and soft drinks available after the guest speaker.

John Howarth
Company Secretary

Howard of Effingham Planning Decision

The long-awaited decision by the Secretary of State on the Appeal for the development of a new school in Effingham was released on 22nd March. The appeal was allowed which grants planning permission, subject to conditions.

This lengthy process raised many strongly opposing views both in Bookham and in Effingham. The BRA supported the case for a new school especially as the single largest cohort of children at The Howard come from Bookham.  We had serious reservations about the number of houses that had to be built to fund this development. Now we understand that Effingham Parish Council and Guildford Borough Council are studying the full Secretary of State document (which can be seen at the link below). After deliberation these organisations may challenge the decision by calling for a Judicial Review. We understand that the decision to seek a Judicial Review will take at least three weeks.

Click here to read the Secretary of State’s decision 

Road Stewards needed – Can you help?

We will shortly be publishing our Spring Newsletter and due to ill health and people moving from Bookham we now have some gaps in our network of 130 Road Stewards. The role of a Road Steward is to collect the annual £3.00 subscription and deliver the Spring and Autumn Newsletters. The job does not take up a great deal of time – probably a few hours each time. The roads where we need Road Stewards are as follows:

  • Beales Road (31-75 & 32-58)
  • Beattie Close
  • Beech Tree Close
  • Blackthorne Road
  • Bracken Close
  • Brodrick Grove and Lower Shott
  • Byron Close
  • Chalkpit Lane
  • Charlwood Close
  • Dowlans Road (odds) and Dowlans Close
  • Fairfield Close and Fairfield Cottages
  • Gilmais (2-8 & Tall Pines-19)
  • Gilmais (10-34 & 21-49)
  • Kidborough Down
  • Leatherhead Road (North side and Lyngarth Close)
  • Little Bookham Street (27-63 & 42-66)
  • Lower Road (209-251 & 216-238)
  • Lower Shott & Brodrick Grove
  • Manor Place, Mayfield Green & Beech Grove
  • Oakdene Close
  • Townshott Close
  • Westfield Drive
  • White Way/Chrystie Lane/Gardeners Walk

If you would be able to assist and become a Road Steward for one or more of the roads listed, please either email Les Huett: publicity@bookhamresidents.org.uk or leave a message on the 24 hour message line: 0300 030 9890.

Ex-Lloyds Bank building – Bookham Village Centre

Peter Seaward – Chairman BRA

Many of you will have heard an alarm continually sounding in the ex-Lloyds Bank building for the past twelve days.  After many failed attempts to get this silenced the BRA was contacted to see if we could help. Along with others we managed to get into the building with the agents permission. We found that a water leak which was still flowing had set the fire alarm off. An engineer from the local security firm Rohallion turned the alarm off and the agents informed. They were also asked to stop the water flow which appears to have caused damage. This we are told was done on Thursday evening.

I would like to thank Rohallion in particular for their immediate support which they provided at no cost. Given this was a problem that the owners and agents should have resolved this was an extremely generous gesture by Rohallion  Also helping were Elizabeth Catering, David Smith of Wishing Well and Simon Edge Councillor for Bookham South.

Putting the Great & Little back in to Bookham!

1st September 2107: BBC Radio Surrey Interviewers James Cannon and Lesley McCabe talk to Grant Woodham, Lucy Botting and Peter Seaward:

Grant Woodham 

Since moving here as a child some 15 years ago, it has always disappointed me that our postcodes do not recognise ‘Great’ or ‘Little’ on Bookham, whereas they do for East and West Horsley, East and West Clandon, and even Effingham Junction!

I wrote to Royal Mail about this, and they are happy to implement the change to make our addresses include Great and Little, and they will complete a consultation to all affected addresses. Before they can do this, Mole Valley District Council have to give their approval. MVDC have asked me to create a petition to gauge the support for this change, so here is the petition. Please sign if you support our villages being named correctly:


St. Nicholas Church Building for the Future Consultation

Following many years of thought, prayer and work the PCC are proposing a scheme for the development of our buildings.  Below are the proposed plans for developing the church buildings, which we are beginning a consultation on.  These will also be up in church for the next two weeks. For more details, click on the link below: