Community Update – November & December 2021

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on call 01483 567791 or visit the website at

We represent the community of Burpham, Guildford

Defibrillators for Burpham

The BCA took part in the Burpham Wellfest on August 22nd and would like to thank Ruth Stone and her team for organising agreat day. We took the opportunity to launch our fundraising campaign for two Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADs) for Burpham which we hope will be located at Sutherland Memorial Park and Aldi.

We shall be working with the Community Heartbeat Trust, a charity aiming to aid and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators. So far, some 7,000 communities have benefitted from their help.

Defibrillators, also known as AEDs (automated external defibrillators), help someone in cardiac arrest by sending a current of electricity across the heart to allow it to resume a normal rhythm.

Defibrillators, also known as AEDs (automated external defibrillators), help someone in cardiac arrest by sending a current of electricity across the heart to allow it to resume a normal rhythm. If cardiac arrest is untreated, death occurs in around 97% of cases. With rapid action – good CPR (chest compressions) and the use of a defibrillator – survival to hospital can be 70%.

There is no point in buying cPADs and leaving them on a convenient wall. We want to run awareness sessions and CPR training, and the cPADs will need ongoing maintenance to ensure they are
fully functional at all times.

So how much will all this cost?
Two high specification Zoll 3 defibrillators, carry cases, outdoor heated cabinets, installation, training, support and maintenance for a few years will cost in the region of £6000.

If you would like to get involved with this project and help with fundraising events, please email You can also donate by using our JustGiving page

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time – it can affect children and adults, males and females, and all ethnic groups. It could be your life or that of someone you love. At the time of writing (early October) donations collected total £1,387.73. This includes £1,000 from the BCA. Please help us raise the rest!

Burpham Neighbourhood Forum Survey

Do you have any concerns about the future of Burpham? How will traffic from Gosden Hill affect us? How will the proposed Sustainable Movement Corridor affect London Road – will there really be room for two bus lanes, two cycle lanes and two general traffic lanes? Can our bus services be improved?

How good is our water supply – a recent publication from Thames Water suggests that Guildford can rely on a bore hole and the river as “they never run dry.” Well, not yet anyway.

The BNF are carrying out a survey prior to updating the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan. A copy was in the last issue of Burpham Pages. Please complete it and let us know your views on the future of Burpham by the end of November 2021. You can also do this online via the BNF website. If you require a further hard copy please contact the Forum Secretary on 01483 826124.

BCA Committee

The Secretary will definitely be retiring at the end of this year and the committee is looking for someone to take over the role.

Ideally we would like to see several people step up to help; we are a small group trying to deal with important issues for the community. The more willing hands, the lighter the load. If you think you can help, contact the Secretary – please!

Don’t forget…

The 2021 series of Winter Talks in the Village Hall – or via Zoom if there are restrictions in place. The dates are 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th of January and the 4th February.

And finally…

You are cordially invited to join us for a Christmas celebration on Saturday 11th December, 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

There will be mulled wine, festive nibbles, a Christmas quiz and a tombola.

Please could you let the Secretary know if you intend coming to give us an idea of numbers.

See you there!

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 2021.

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

BCA on Facebook & Twitter!
Join the conversation! Open to members and non-members, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with everything that’s happening in our community.

Guildford Community Lottery
A way for everyone to support local causes and be in with a chance to win prizes of up to £25,000. 50% of all tickets sold from our page go to the BCA!