Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

Over 75 years of service to the community


Dates for your Diary

About OCRA

Brief History of OCRA

Joining OCRA

Who's Who in OCRA

Contact OCRA

OCRA Monthly Mails

OCRA Newsletter

OCRA Planning

OCRA Theatre Club

Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Reporting Local Problems

Information for Newcomers

Local Photographs

Council Services

Useful Links

Friends Groups

Friends of Bradmore Green Pond

Coulsdon Coppice Friends Group

Friends of Farthing Downs

Friends of Grange Park Play Area

Kenley Airfield Friends Group

Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green

CLOC Friends Group

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Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association website



Sadly the ground is waterlogged and there is no chance of it drying out sufficiently by Saturday. The decision was taken very reluctantly this morning. We know that the fair is an important fund raising opportunity for many local charities so we are looking at the possibility of rearranging the fair in September so watch this space.

David Caddick
Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor
27th June 2016

Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon Appeal



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Cane Hill Park

Show homes are open to view by appointment, the first houses have been sold and the buyers will be moving in soon.
The local RAs continue to press for an additional exit from Cane Hill Park on to Farthing Way (the A23 bypass) and have written an open letter which has been printed in the Croydon Guardian.
Barratt's Insite Newsletter 3 can be read here.This includes details of Phase II for which detailed planning applications have been submitted to Croydon Council. Enter the references below in the Online Planning Register for details.

Validation Date
Target Date for Determination
Deed of Variation to S.106 Reference
Phase 2 – Gateway Reference
Phase 3 – Hillside Reference
Phase 4 – Historic Centre Reference
Phase 5 – Historic South Reference
Phase 6 – Cricket Pitch Reference


Cane Hill Park website: www.canehillpark.co.uk.
For the history of Cane Hill Hospital, go to www.canehill.org.

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Bradmore Green Library

The Bradmore Green Library Supporters Group are running a poster campaign to encourage more people to use the Library. Look out for their posters and flyers and try to get to the Library at least once to support their efforts.


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Good News For Tollers Estate!

Tollers Estate Map: www.streetmap.co.uk

OCRA are pleased to report that following discussions, residents of all of Tollers Estate are now welcome to join OCRA as ordinary members (£2 per household per year) rather than being considered as out of area (£5 per household per year). Currently only Curling Close and Lacey Green have road stewards.

If you would like to join and have three newsletters delivered, please drop a note containing your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) in to either 14 Middle Close or 104 Ellis Road.

We will then pass on your details to the newsletter team and call for your £2 in the next couple of months. Eventually we are hoping to find willing volunteers in each road who will take responsibility for collecting the subs. If you are already registered as out of area members, your subscription will reduce to £2 for 2016.

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Travel News

Trains & Buses

Click here for more information from Southern Railway.

For the latest Travel information and access to many useful sources of help and information, click here.


You can check services on:
For London Bus timetables and other bus information:
For more Coulsdon Travel News from the East Surrey Transport Committee, click here.

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Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

The SNT send email alerts and a monthly Newsletter to residents registered to receive them. You can receive this information direct by sending an email to CoulsdonEast.snt@met.police.uk with (optionally) your name and address and your email details will be added to their distribution list.

Click here for the Coulsdon East Update for May and here and here for the latest news.

The Little Book of Big Scams’ is a comprehensive guide on fraud prevention produced by the Metropolitan Police, explaining some of the most common scams in existence, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, providing essential advice to reduce the chances of you being parted from your money.

The booklet is primarily aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in society as they are particularly at risk; but anyone who reads it will benefit. People from all backgrounds and income levels are targeted by scammers - anyone can fall victim to fraud.

Click here to read.
For more advice, click here.

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Waste Collection

The collection dates for the next month are:

W/c Mon. 4th July
Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

W/c Mon. 11th July
Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container
Green Waste if you have a Brown bin

W/c Mon. 18th July
Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

W/c Mon. 25th July
Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container
Green Waste if you have a Brown bin

Collection Day - the Collection Day is now different depending on your street and you need to check the Council website and enter your details to find your day. Click here to check your Collection Day and print your own leaflet (sample here).

Clothes And Shoes Recycling - There is a box on Tudor Parade (in Placehouse Lane) but you can put textiles out for collection (in a plastic bag) any week.

Neighbourhood Recycling Centre And Household Re-Use And Recycling - the nearest centre is at Purley Oaks open Monday to Sunday: 8.00 am to 3.30 pm.


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City Commons

Click on the links for the City Commons website for:
Coulsdon Common
Farthing Downs
They issue a monthly newsletter which you can read here with details of all the activities on the Commons.

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OCRA Weather

This weather forecast for the OCRA area is generated by the Met Office.

OCRA Summer Newsletter

The OCRA Summer Newsletter has been printed and distributed to Road Stewards. You should receive your copy soon. Hope you enjoy reading it.


OCRAtrade is a list of local tradespeople who have been recommended on the OCRA Facebook page in response to “Does anyone know someone who can...?” questions. Think of it as Checkatrade but local! Click here to view. 

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OCRA Monthly E-mails

The June e-mail has been sent to subscribers and members of our OCRA Facebook Group. You can read this and back issues by clicking here. To subscribe to receive them direct send a message to:


You have our promise that your e-mail details will not be passed on to anyone else. You will be able to unsubscribe if you find you don't want to receive them. 

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OCRA on Facebook

Don't forget that you can follow OCRA on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the news and chat to other local people about issues that concern you. Over 1,100 people do this already. Just click on the logo below and type Old Coulsdon Residents' Association (OCRA) in the search box and join the group.

Please note we will expect to see something in your Facebook profile indicating a link with Old Coulsdon or your request will simply be ignored.

You will need to ensure any detail is not 'hidden' or we will not be able to see it.

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Help OCRA When Buying Online

If you are buying online, please help us raise money for OCRA funds.

Sign up and use easyfundraising.org.uk to shop online with many different companies, including Amazon and Tesco Direct, and a contribution will be made to OCRA funds. They offer a Donation Reminder which tells you when you are on a site that donates. Click this link to go to their website.
We earned £17.90 in Oct-Dec 2015.


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OCRA Noticeboard

Lacey Green Noticeboard Photo: Nigel Rea

The Noticeboard at Lacey Green is maintained by OCRA and we publish our notices there. Other posters can be displayed by request to this email address. The Noticeboard on Tudor Parade is maintained by Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor.

As well as contact details for OCRA, we publish details of 'What's On in Old Coulsdon' there.

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OCRA Road Stewards

After eleven years of amazing hard work by Marion and Alan, they will be handing over their roles as Membership Secretaries at the end of this calendar year.

This job is both physically demanding and requires careful planning of diaries to make sure that the Membership Secretaries are available at critical times of the year to receive the newsletter from the printers and distribute it to the Road Stewards so they can deliver it within a reasonable time frame. It has become clear that some changes to the distribution pattern will need to be made, so we are considering sectorising the area and having four or five what ECRA call “Super Stewards” who will be responsible for distributing the newsletter to the Road Stewards rather than one/two people having to do all this.

So, going forward, we need to have volunteers to be the following

1. Membership Secretarythis could be a couple, or two friends working together

Their tasks would be:-

Have the newsletters (approx. 2,500) delivered to their dwelling three times a year and split them into manageable numbers to count and put them into whatever delivery pattern is decided. This person(s) will also handle the associated paperwork with managing the process and keep the records updated as returns come in from Road Stewards, after they have collected the subscriptions from their round, to ensure that in the following year the correct number of newsletters are delivered to each Steward. A sound grasp of Microsoft Office is essential for the record keeping and a printer for the paperwork. Associated costs would be reimbursed by OCRA. We could also have an Assistant Membership Secretary to help at critical times if, say, the newsletter gets held up and the Membership Secretary has to be away. Liaison with Sally Cook the Newsletter Editor is of course critical to this to make sure timing is right.

2. Super Stewards

Their tasks would be:-

Collect the newsletters for their sector from the Membership Secretary and deliver them to the Road Stewards in their area (probably around 16 per sector). If the Road Stewards were able to collect the newsletters from the Super Steward this would help, but we appreciate that some of our Road Stewards are not able to do this.

Our Road Stewards are the life blood of our Old Coulsdon community and we would be very grateful if you could consider helping us with this. If you want further information before committing yourself to either position, Marion and Alan would be happy to discuss this further. You can call them on on 07538 792812.

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Updated 29/06/16

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