On Sunday 11th November Bookham villagers assembled to pay their respects to the service men and woman who have died for their country and those from Bookham in particular. Following the two minute silence at 11.00 the Third Bookham Scouts walked to the Friendship Tree in Eastwick Park Avenue. Pat Morrish lead a short service and wreaths were laid.
The Friendship Tree was planted after the 1939-45 war in memory of those Canadians who were based on Great Bookham, many of whom landed, and died, on the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944.
In addition to the Remembrance Day events in central Bookham a new Commemorative Copse has been planted on Bookham Common. Frances Fancourt one of the BRA Tree Wardens has been coordinating the planting. Frances reports:
Briefly, we planted eighteen trees, thirteen of which were grown locally by the tree wardens, two grown by the children, and three supplied by Ian Swinney, National Trust Warden. Ian also made the barbed wire wreath as this is a memorial copse for those lost. Particularly pertinent now as a WW1 commemoration. The copse was inspired by Councillor Jim Smith who passed away in 2016. He always saw to the preservation and remembrance of the war memorials and those lost in combat.
The copse consists of oaks, birch, holly, hawthorn and spindle. Not only a memorial, the copse will also serve to soften the outlook of the new footpath and housing along Church Road approaching the station.
A bench and a few more trees will be added over the next month.
We will remember the fallen and the many volunteers who have served Bookham well over the years.
The War Memorial in St Nicolas churchyard was erected after WW1 and now being 100 years old has become rather dilapidated. Peter Seaward, (BRA Chairman) and Arthur Field (BRA Projects Manager) took on the task of identifying suitable restoration companies, dealing with St Nicholas Church Wardens and MVDC to get the memorial restored to its former glory.
Following the initial clean using techniques specifically for old stone work, the second stage of the restoration, the re-painting of the engraving has been completed. The photos in the gallery do not give full credit the skills of the restoration company, Stonewest, so next time you are in the village take a moment to have a look at the memorial and remember those from this village that gave their lives for this country 100 years ago.
In addition to the restoration work at St Nicolas, the memorial at All Saints, Little Bookham has also been cleaned. There are four names on the memorial and church records show another seven individuals who should be commemorated. Discussions are taking place on how this may resolved.
Cllr Metin Huseyin
Beware of a fraudsters operating in Bookham. This flyer refers to Joe’s Roofing but we are also lead to believe that”Reg’s Gutters” are the same people. An older Bookham resident was conned out of £1500 for two hours work on his roof that wasn’t done. Be very careful when answering your door to unknown trades people.
For guidance on the tactics fraudsters use issued by the Metropolitan Police, click the image below:
Saturday 1st December
Come along to Kim’s Cafe, High Street Road, 10.0 am to 1.00 PM.
Due to a shortage of Road Stewards you may not have had your subs collected this year. Therefore we will be available in Kim’s Cafe for you to pay your subscription either in cash or by tap and pay. We also welcome new members as well. Do come and see us!
Subscriptions are £3.00 per household per year.
The on-line edition of the BRA Autumn 2018 Newsletter is now available. The print edition will be delivered to BRA Members by your Road Steward shortly.
Please click on the image below:
What is a Car Club?
By joining a car club you get all the convenience of owning a car without the hassle or costs of repairs and parking. You may be familiar with Zipcar in central London.
The BRA and Transition Bookham are working together to establish if there is interest in a car club and how residents might use such a car club.
What are the benefits?
Convenient car use
The convenience of a car without the hassle of owning one – no more servicing, insurance, parking, MOT or repairs.
Cars are accessible to members at all hours and typically would be used for local journeys for several hours at a time. Bookings would be made through a mobile phone app or web site with the vehicle being centrally located in Bookham. (Note: this isn’t a ride sharing idea).
Saves you money
According to Carplus, joining a car club could save you £3,500 per year compared to owning a car (if you currently drive fewer than 6,000 miles per year).
Protect the Environment
Car club vehicles are energy efficient and cleaner than the average car. They also reduce the need to own a car and discourage unnecessary car travel.
We have created a simple two question survey with the opportunity for you to comment on this idea:
The survey will close on 30th November 2018. Results will be published on the BRA and Transition Bookham web sites.
Join the Bookhams Residents’ Association for our regular monthly litter pick.
Meet at 11.00 am at the Lower Shott car park. Gloves, grabs, and high vis tops will be provided.