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Bookham Question Time a Success!

Peter Seaward – Chairman

This first Bookham Question Time on 30th November was attended by over sixty people and went as well as we in the BRA expected for our initial event.  The questions covered concerned local issues both small and large and have led to follow on actions.  Most of our Bookham and Surrey Councillors were in attendance but some were unavoidably not able to attend.

Some of the significant questions were:

Can you please tell me what is going to be done about the crossing at Preston Cross?
Response from Cllr Clare Curran – Although there is little chance of SCC funding this there is a local development which should it go ahead might be a way of funding this.

Do you agree that it is important to keep the names of Great and Little Bookham?
Response from several on the panel – A general agreement that this is a petition worth supporting.

What influences can MVDC exert to encourage employment land to be safeguarded when it is viable for business (i.e. currently let) rather than converted to housing?
Response from Guy Davies, MVDC – The situation will be watched very carefully in order to maintain the right balance.

What effect will the ‘Transform Leatherhead’ plan have on the retail businesses in Bookham?
Response from Guy Davies, MVDC – It should not have a detrimental effect, as Bookham and Leatherhead are very different.

What happened to the Southey Court gates that used to be on Lower Road?
Response from Peter Seaward – There is no simple answer, but the BRA will make enquiries.

Is there anything MVDC can do about businesses carrying out their business on public roads?
Response from Clare Curran and others – Sometimes very little can be done, unless the law is broken, but some individual cases have been dealt with.

How many dropped kerbs are needed in Bookham for people who are disabled?
Response from several on the panel – Exact figure not known, but it will be researched.

Given the high Gross value Add for Mole Valley, why have there been no infrastructure bids into the Coast 2 Capital LEP for our part of Mole Valley?

The answer given was that bids have been made – but not all have been successful in a very competitive environment.

What is the status of potential development of Lower Shott?

There is little activity on this at the moment. Cllr Metin Huseyin said he would discuss this again with MVDC.

The BRA is pleased to have been the catalyst for this event and we hope that residents will see this as just one of the things we do to help our local democracy and we are planning to repeat this as an annual event.  Thank you to all residents who came along and for making this an instructive and positive evening.

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

Click on the image below for an A4 PDF print version that you can display.

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: