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Bookham, Fetcham and Effingham Christmas Charity Post

Believe it or not, Christmas is quickly approaching. The popular Christmas Charity post will be operating again in your neighbourhood for – unbelievably – the 34th year.  Nearly 200 volunteers are gearing up to deliver some 14,000 Christmas cards in the villages of Bookham, Fetcham and Effingham with guaranteed delivery of correctly addressed cards, still for just 30p, saving 24p on second class postage.

Most residents will know how the scheme works, but for the benefit of newcomers here is a brief summary. You will be able to buy your Charity Post stamps in any of the shops listed below or from one of our house-to-house sellers from Monday 20th November. Use them only on cards to addresses in Bookham, Fetcham or Effingham.   Post them in any of the 12 shops or private houses displaying the Posting Point sign from Monday 20th November until the last posting date – 4.30 pm on Monday 18th December.  Our volunteers will do the rest!

Money raised goes directly to charities whose mission it is to help enable third world communities. Last year £1000 was given to Water Aid to provide clean water overseas, £1000 to Medecine Sans Frontiere for their work with Syrian refugees and finally £1000 to Practical Action for a water project in East Africa.

If you feel inspired by this scheme, perhaps you might consider becoming a volunteer? If so, please contact our chairman Michael Agius on 01372 456545 or email for further information.

From Monday 20th November, shops listed below will sell stamps and display a “Posting Point” notice. The post box will be inside the shop From 10th December there will be three post collections until the last on 18th December.


WISHING WELL, 7 High Street


CONTACT, Cobham Road
OPEN ALL HOURS, Hazel Parade
NIKKI’S NEWS, Sunmead Parade

PARKER & SON, The Street

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Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman
On Thursday 2nd November Daniel Elkeles, CEO of the Trust spoke to some sixty Bookham residents at the Baptist Church.

He explained the forward strategy for the Trust and what it could mean for us here in Bookham. Between 2020 and 2030 the Trust plan ensures that both Epsom and St Helier hospitals would be renovated and that a new acute hospital would be built, staffed by full time consultants and other specialists. This should provide better care for the 50,000 seriously sick people of the 200,000 patients seen every year by the Trust at both locations.  This new unit would be either at St. Helier, co-located with The Marsden, or at Epsom. Other services would be maintained at the two existing hospitals.

It was pointed out that should this new unit be located at St Helier, then Bookham residents would probably like the right to ask if they could move from this Trust to that of the Royal Surrey at Guildford.  Daniel accepted that this might be a possibility.

If you were unable to get along to the Epsom & St Helier University Hospital Trust meeting here is more information and a very informative video on the Epsom and St Helier web site.

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Autumn 2017 Newsletter

The BRA Autumn 2017 Newsletter is now available with 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.

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:

Bookham on the Map!

If the question was ‘How many shops are there in Bookham‘, it is possible that not many people would get the answer right.

That is one of the reasons why the Bookhams Residents’ Association have produced a new reference map, featuring all the retail outlets in Bookham. It is fully cross referenced to guide people through the village and it is on display in the newly erected notice board in the car park at the back of the Co-Op and The Royal Oak, next to the pay machine.

  • The map gives the shops their location, name and main business.
  • It is also designed to encourage shoppers to visit shops in Lower Shott and Church Road.
  • Needless to say, it highlights the fact that we have such a vibrant, thriving village and emphasises the importance of supporting all our local retailers.

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