Community Update – May & June 2022

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on call 07513 366072 or visit the website at

We represent the community of Burpham, Guildford


Back in January 2021 a Burpham resident, Alex Donaldson, suggested to the BCA Committee that it would be a very good idea to have a defibrillator in Burpham.

The first of two defibrillators was installed outside Aldi, whose support was vital.

The committee agreed and a working party was set up; it was chaired by Andy Clapham and included some committee members and Alex. They had their first meeting in February 2021 – just one year later, the first of two defibrillators was installed outside Aldi, whose support was vital. We would like to thank all the people who made this possible by donating to our fund-raising or helping to advertise the campaign. A particular thank you goes to Surrey County Councillor George Potter, the proprietors of the Rajdoot, all the Sports Clubs who use Sutherland Memorial Park, the Women’s Institute and the Guildford Lions for their support and generosity.

We do still need to raise a bit more money to buy the second defibrillator (to be installed at Sutherland Park) so if you would like to contribute, please use our JustGiving page or contact the Treasurer.

We are going to arrange some training and awareness sessions covering CPR and use of a defibrillator; if you are interested please email

Flood Forum Meeting

This took place on the 25th March; Angela Richardson MP chaired the meeting with representatives of interested agencies and residents.

Issues raised included the problems along the Wey Navigation and it seems that persistence has paid off! The Burpham Flood Action group has succeeded in getting the ancient ditch cleaned and prepared for a complete clear out of fallen trees. The river has been allowed to flow too fast which has contributed to the erosion of the banks and subsequent loss of trees; it has now been slowed so we are hopeful that the present extent of erosion – some four metres – will not get worse. There is also a possibility that GBC and the National Trust will work together to strengthen and repair the banks – as the photo shows, much needed.

Other issues discussed included the Merrow Common River, the state of associated culverts, water egress, its management and the importance of understanding Riparian ownership for
residents living on the edge. It was proposed a further visit to this site involving all interested parties would take place to review any work required.

The BCA would like to thank Angela and the agency representatives for their time.

BCA Annual General Meeting 12th May

It seems hard to believe that our last public AGM was in 2019.

In 2020 it was cancelled because of Covid lockdowns and 2021 was held via Zoom so we look forward to presenting the Annual Report and the Treasurer’s Report to a live audience. The election of Officers will also take place.

You should be aware that the current committee comprises a small group struggling to cope with the many issues that affect Burpham – traffic congestion and the resulting pollution, infrastructure issues, the potential loss of Sutherland Memorial Hall as a community asset, flooding and damage to the Wey Navigation. We desperately need more people to come forward to give a hand so if you feel you could help, even in some small way, please contact the committee using the above email address.

The BCA AGM will be followed by the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum AGM, after which you are cordially invited to stay and enjoy our first social event since 2019. There will be drinks and nibbles, and to celebrate the Jubilee we have a special Jubilee Quiz – there will be prizes! If you are coming to the AGM and Social it would be helpful if you would let the committee know (details above).

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2022.

You can pay by:
Direct Debit – visit our website at which has a link to this system – an email to giving your details would be helpful.

Account name: Burpham Community Association.
Sort Code: 40-22-26.
Account Number: 41049194

To help the Treasurer please identify yourself using initials, surname and the first line of your address.

Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is

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