Broad Green e-newsletter 29th May 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend.

  1. BGRA aims

Thanks to those of you who attended our AGM on 5th May. We voted in our new constitution which includes our 4 keys aims and objectives

To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents

To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events

To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.

To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims

 

  1. Croydon North Election Hustings

 

 

There will be hustings for the candidates for the general election on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at St John’s Church Auckland Road / Sylvan Road, SE19 2RX. 7:30pm – 9pm(doors open at 7.10pm)

 The best way to get to St John’s Church by public transport is a 410 bus from Croydon Town Centre.  Unfortunately there do not seem to be any hustings closer to Broad Green.

You can submit questions in advance.  Please see the link below.

http://www.cpneighbours.org/debate/7

 

  1. Croydon Environmental Fair

The annual Croydon Environmental Fair takes place on Saturday 10th June in Wandle Park, close to the bandstand.  There will be music in the bandstand, food, and activities for children.  The event starts at 11.00am

I will be at the event on the Broad Green Big Local stand.  Please come and have a chat about your ideas how to improve Broad Green.

  1. Wilford Road Recreation Ground Football Competition

There will be a children’s football competition/fun day at Wilford Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 24th June, and everyone is welcome.  Please see the link below for more information

https://twitter.com/SparkleBulku/status/863494030725918722

There will also be a litter pick at Wilford Road Recreation Ground from 12.00pm on Saturday 3rd June

 

I hope to send out a further email with more summer activities early next month, so please contact me if you have anything to include   BGRAchair@gmail.com

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Broad Green e-newsletter 2nd May 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.

Thanks to all of you who took supported the Broad Green Community Spring Clean on Easter Monday.  Over 30 people took part, and we cleared about 100 bags of litter from the streets of Broad Green. Volunteers from across Croydon joined Broad Green residents, and three local Councillors; Stuart Collins, Stuart King, and Callton Young joined us.  A large number of volunteers came from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and they kindly provided us lunch afterwards at their mosque in St James’s Road.

There were a lot of positive comments on social media after the event, and we have created a collage of tweets which is now on our website:

www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk/gallery/

 

  1. BGRA Annual General Meeting Friday 5th May

Our 2017 AGM is fast approaching, and takes place this Friday.

It will take place in Federation Hall, which is behind 17 Elmwood Road, CR0 2SN.  In case you have not been there before, below is a photo of the house at 17 Elmwood Road.  Please go through the gate, and a second gate to the left of the house. Federation Hall is at the back.  Unfortunately there is no permanent signage at the front of the house to reassure you that you have come to the right address.

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BGRA members should have received a notification of the AGM through the letterbox, which contains a proposed new constitution.  Please try and find the time to have a look at it in advance of the meeting.

We are excited to announce we will have some Guest Speakers at the event to talk about activities and initiatives in Broad Green and surrounding areas you may wish to get involved with. These include:

  1. Janet Clarke from the Big Local Broad Green
  2. Lorraine Podiephatshwa & Jenny Jones – ABCD Community Builders
  3. Catherine Graham – Friends of Wandle Park
  4. Councillor Stuart Collins
  5. Local Residents Sparkle Bulku and Helen Buckland who are both very active in the area.

Please be aware that on a flyer we stated that Councillor Stuart King would be addressing the meeting about the Croydon Air Quality Consultation.  Unfortunately due to election purdah rules the Consultation will now not take place until after the General Election, and he will therefore no longer be addressing the AGM.

After the speakers there will be a chance to meet the speakers over cheese and wine.

We are always keen for new people to join the committee, so please consider if you would like to get more involved.  Please contact us BGRAchair@gmail.com if you would like more information about the committee.

We have a lot to cover at the AGM, so please try and arrive a little before 8.00pm so we can start on time.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

 

  1. Broad Green Police Ward Panel Meeting

If you live in Broad Green ward, you may wish to attend the Broad Green Neighbourhood Policing Team’s public meeting on Thursday 4th May. This meeting is your chance to discuss local community concerns and crime related issues

It will take place at Croydon and District Masonic Hall, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon, CR0 2UX, and start at 7.00pm.  Please see the link below for more information

www.twitter.com/BroadGreenRA/status/859195979714748416

 

  1. Ward Boundary Changes – consultation ends Monday 8th May

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Croydon to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 14th March and will end on 8th May 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Croydon.

There are proposed boundary changes for all the local wards, so it is important for everyone to have a look at the proposals and respond with their comments.

Please see the link below for more information, and a link to the site where you can submit your comments.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-residents-have-your-say-on-new-ward-boundaries/

 

  1. Big Lunch 17th and 18th June

The Big Lunch is the UK’s largest annual get together for neighbours.  In 2016, 7.3 million people took to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship and fun at over 90,000 events. The Big Lunch connects people and encourages friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more — from conversations and ideas, to skills and resources.

This year’s Big Lunch will take place over the weekend of 17th and 18th June and will coincide with the anniversary of the tragic death of MP Jo Cox and also Father’s Day.

We would love to see a few events in the Broad Green area.  Please let us know if you are arranging a Big Lunch event this year, and if you would like the BGRA to help you promote it.

Please see below a link to the Council website with information and advice on arranging a Big Lunch in Croydon.

www.croydon.gov.uk/community/equality/blunch/big-lunch

Further information on the Big Lunch can be found on the Eden Projects website

www.edenprojectcommunities.com/

 

We aim to send out an email about once a month, so please let us know if you would like us to include any information about any of your projects and events in future emails.  We can also publicise your events on Twitter:  @BroadGreenRA

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Friday

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Broad Green e-newsletter – March 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the first few weeks of spring.

Since sending out our last e-newsletter I have attended a few community events in the area, including the Croydon North Streets Summit and the Big Local Broad Green launch and met some really great people over the last month. More and more people want to get involved in local projects which will help us make Broad Green and the surrounding areas a better place to live.  This is really good to see.

I hope to send out an email about once a month, so please email me if you have any news, forthcoming events or interesting stories you would like me to include in future emails:   BGRAchair@gmail.com

This email is also being sent to other people who live and work in the area, our “friends” who include our MP, local Councillors, local Community Police Officers and other community groups.

Please email me with details of anyone else who would like to receive future BGRA emails.  Please include their name, address/organisation and email address.

 

  1. BGRA update – aims, website, newsletter

The BGRA working group set up after our last AGM came up with 4 keys aims and objectives for the association moving forward:

  1. To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents
  2. To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events
  3. To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.
  4. To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims

We will be asking members to agree our aims and objectives at our next AGM in May, so please let me, or another working group member, know if you have any comments or suggestions about them.

Since our last email I have made a few changes to the information on our website and am hoping to find the time to keep it updated more regularly.  So please take a look once in a while:  www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk.

A lot of our members are not online, so we would like to still produce the occasional paper newsletter, but if they are going to be regular we need members to assist us write and distribute them, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.

  1. Broad Green Big Local

 As you may know, Broad Green is one of 150 Big Local areas in the country to be awarded one million pounds of National Lottery money for the community to use to make a lasting positive difference to the area.  A local Partnership has been set up which has employed some workers to assist the community spend the money.

There is was a launch event on Saturday 25th February at the West Croydon Methodist Church which was well attended.  The Big Local is now setting up theme groups to discuss different types of community project which could be funded through the scheme.  It is important for as many local people to get involved to bring forward project ideas and decide how the money will be spent.

Please see below a link to an article about the Big Local written for the Croydon Citizen newspaper:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/founded-big-local-broad-green/?utm_content=buffer9197c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Please be aware that although the project was initially just for people in Broad Green ward, I led a consultation to discuss extending the area, and we agreed to extend it to cover a few streets in Selhurst and West Thornton Wards.  The new streets include Elmwood Road, Wellington Road, Broad Green Avenue, Campbell Road, Bensham Lane, Mayday Road, and Lodge Road.  Even if you live outside the official Big Local Boundary area you can still get involved.  Please use the contact details at the end of the article.

  1. Broad Green and Selhurst Ward ABCD projects events coming up

 Both Broad Green and Selhurst Wards have dedicated Community Builder workers developing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) projects in the wards. They support residents with children from 0-5 years to set up community projects

The Community Builders for both wards are running ideas fairs for you to find out more about their schemes.  At both events there will be lots of parent-led activities & workshops for both adults & children.

The Broad Green event is from 1.00pm and 4.00pm on Saturday 18th March at the Canterbury Road Community Centre

The Selhurst event is from 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 25th March at the Selhurst Community Centre at 23 Dagnall Park, Selhurst.

  1. Ward Boundary Changes – consultation

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Croydon to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 14th March and will end on 8th May 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Croydon.

There are proposed boundary changes for all the local wards, so it is important for everyone to have a look at the proposals and respond with their comments.

Please see the link below for more information, and a link to the site where you can submit your comments.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-residents-have-your-say-on-new-ward-boundaries/

  1. Tree Planting

Last month the Council announced it has funding to replace 150 trees in the borough, focusing especially in the north of the borough.  If there are any empty tree pits near where you live, please contact the Council to see if the trees can be replaced.  Please see the link below for more information.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/new-year-new-tree-planting-croydons-streets/?utm_source=Croydon+Council+email+list&utm_campaign=c8f8f6f3f1-Your-Croydon-weekly-2016-09-02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_410664ee3d-c8f8f6f3f1-194989665

  1. Community Litter Pick – Spring 2017

Last August the Broad Green Residents Association ran a Community Litter Pick along the London Road.  We are hoping to organise another one for April.  I will send you further details once we have agreed the date and time.

  1. Broad Green Residents Association AGM – 5th May

We have set Friday 5th May as the date for our AGM.  It will take place at 8.00pm in Federation Hall, behind 17 Elmwood Road, CR0 2SN.   Please keep the date free and come along and support us.  I will send out more details nearer the time.

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Broad Green e-Newsletter – February 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Member

Happy New Year and welcome to the first BGRA e-newsletter. We hope 2017 will be a good one for us all…

1. BGRA aims
After our long-standing Chair Brian Mumford stepped down at the AGM last year, committee members decided it was important for Broad Green to continue to have a Residents Association and we formed a working group to agree the best way forward, which the AGM agreed I should lead.

We agreed on 4 keys aims and objectives for the association moving forward:
1. To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents
2. To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events
3. To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.
4. To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims
To help us communicate with you more regularly, we will send emails to members to let you know of local news, events and consultations which might be of interest.

There will still be the occasional paper newsletter, but if they are going to be regular we need members to assist us write and distribute them.

2. Croydon North Streets Summit – 18th Feb

Steve Reed, our MP has invited the BGRA to a Croydon North Streets Summit on Saturday 18th February to discuss
“what more we can do as a community in partnership with our council to clean up Croydon.” I will be attending. If you have any ideas you would like me to take to the summit, or if one or two of you would also like to attend, please email me bgrachair@gmail.com as soon as possible.

3. Waddon Marsh Bus Stops – consultation (289 and 455 buses)
TFL are proposing to stop running the 289 and 455 buses round the loop around Sainsburys at Waddon Marsh. They are proposing for both routes to only stop on the Purley Way which will save a few minutes on the journey time. The negative side of this is if you have heavy shopping you will have much further to carry it to catch a bus.

If this affects you please respond to the consultation using the link below. The consultation closes on 7th March

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-289-and-455/

4. Big Local Broad Green “Launch” Event – 25th Feb

You should be aware Broad Green is one of 150 areas in the country to be awarded one million pounds of National Lottery money for the community to use to make a lasting positive difference to the area. A local Partnership has been set up which has employed some workers to assist the community spend the money.
There is a “launch” event between 11.00am and 2.00pm at West Croydon Methodist Church (London Road next to LIDL) on Saturday 25th February. Please come along and have your say on how the money should be spent.

Please see the link below for more information (you will need to scroll down to see the poster)
http://www.biglocalbroadgreen.co.uk/index.php/events

5. Broad Green Residents Association AGM – 5th May

We have set Friday 5th May as the date for our AGM. It will take place at 8.00pm in Federation Hall, Elmwood Road. Please keep the date free and come along and support us. We will send out more details nearer the time.

If you have any local news or know of local events we should be promoting to BGRA members please contact me BGRAchair@gmail.com.

Please also let me know if you know of anyone else who would like to receive future BGRA emails. Please provide me with their name, address and email address.

kind regards

Malcolm Bell
Acting Chair Broad Green Residents Association

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Notice of AGM – Friday 6th May 2016

Your committee announce that the next Annual General Meeting of this Association will be held on FRIDAY 6 MAY 2016 at 8.00pm prompt at Federation Hall, rear of 17 Elmwood Road, West Croydon. This is a very important meeting and your presence is requested.

Below is a nomination form on which every paid up member can nominate Officers and Committee members, and propose any changes to the rules of the Association.

The nomination must be seconded and you must ensure that any person you nominate will be willing to undertake the duties. All nominations must be received before the start of the AGM, and should be sent to the Chairman at 57 St. Saviours Road, West Croydon, or given to any committee member before the AGM.

Agenda
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting and matters arising
3. Officers’ Reports
4. Changes to Rules
5. Elections
6. Election of Auditor
7. Any other business

Cheese and wine will be served after the meeting.
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Broad Green Residents Association
Change to rule and nomination form

I propose the following change to rules and nominate the Officers and Committee members.
Change to rule:

Chairman:
Vice Chairman:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Membership secretary:
Social secretary:
Publicity officer:
Committee members:

Proposed by:
Seconded by:

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