are we and what do we do?
are a group of like-minded people who care about our village and
do our best to preserve its unique character. The daffodils,
crocus and some of the trees you see in Old Coulsdon have been
planted by volunteers from the Association.
of the environment
monitors the green belt in our area - the open spaces and
Conservation Area - and protests against infringements.
keeps a watching brief over trees and tree management in the
Old Coulsdon area and has planted many bulbs and trees to
enhance the area.
supports the Friends of Bradmore Green Pond, a group whose
remit is to ensure that our pond is maintained and enhanced by
organising volunteer working days.
supports the Friends of Farthing Downs, a group dedicated to
the preservation of this important open space.
was the prime mover in the establishment in 1984 of the Old
Coulsdon Centre for the Retired in Grange Park. OCRA was also
involved in successfully campaigning for the retention of
Bradmore Green Library.
OCRA gives you the chance meet your neighbours at functions
including residents' meetings and a Theatre club. An OCRA
Walking group created its own 47 mile footpath to Brighton -
takes part in the annual Village Fair organised by the Rotary
Club of Coulsdon Manor.
receive three free Newsletters annually, listing upcoming local
events and news together with reports from OCRA and its
sub-committees. These are delivered to members by a local
network of Road Stewards who collect the subscriptions.
of your Coulsdon East Ward Councillors attends OCRA committee
meetings. They raise matters of local concern with the Council.
Applications and comments where necessary to help ensure
that developments and extensions are in keeping with the
character of Old Coulsdon.
is represented on the East Surrey Transport Committee and puts
its members' points of view about any items related to local
public transport - trains and buses.
is represented on other bodies such as the Coulsdon Forum and
London Green Belt Council, all of which deal with matters of a
works closely with the Police & Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
publish a Newsletter three times a year that is delivered to
all members. For the princely sum of £2.00 you can join
the association by contacting your local Road Steward and
receive your copy, packed with local information and
forthcoming events. It is delivered to your door by our
volunteer Road Stewards, without whom we would be lost! If you
would like to become a volunteer, please contact us. We would
greatly appreciate your help.
are also social events organised, a Theatre
Club with a small membership fee and a Swimming
you feel that you can help us in any way by joining the
committee, even if it is only have a say in what we do, please
our Chairman or any member of the committee that you meet in
the local area. We desperately need new members on the panel.
COULSDON RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
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Association shall be called the Old Coulsdon Residents'
Association (abbreviated OCRA).
The Old Coulsdon Residents' Association area
bounded in general by Stoneyfield Road/Hillside Road, Caterham
Drive and Old Fox Close and
all adult residents shall be eligible for membership. Others
be considered for membership at the discretion of the Executive
Committee (see Rule 9).
The objects of the Association shall be:
To preserve and, where possible, to enhance the special
character of Old Coulsdon.
To represent and uphold the interests of the residents in all
matters appertaining to the area.
To communicate matters of local interest to members by means of
regular Newsletters, by maintaining the OCRA website and by
holding General Meetings of members as and when required.
(d) To promote and
foster cultural and social activities, and to co-operate with
Clubs, Societies and other organisations established for
purposes consistent with the objects of the Association.
4. The Association
shall be non-sectarian and shall not affiliate to any political
party or participate in party politics.
The general management of the Association shall be vested in an
This Committee shall consist of the following Officers:
Secretary, Treasurer, and up to ten other members, all of whom
shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (subject to Rule
Meetings of the Committee shall be held approximately monthly
at which the Chairman shall preside,
or in his absence, the Vice-Chairman.
Seven shall form a Quorum at Committee Meetings.
In the absence of the Chairman and
Quorum shall elect a Chairman for the duration of the Meeting.
6. Annual General
Meetings shall be held normally in April. Other General
Meetings shall be convened as occasion requires. All members
shall receive at least fourteen days notice, in writing, of
At the Annual General Meeting a member who does not hold office
shall be elected to examine the Accounts during the ensuing
All positions shall be honorary.
The Annual Subscription for each household, which is due before
31st December, shall be decided at the AGM and will take effect
from the following 1st January. Members living outside the
Association's area may
required to pay an additional sum.
The Executive Committee may invite any of the Coulsdon East
Ward Councillors to attend the Committee Meetings where it is
considered it would be to the advantage of the area and the
Association to do so. Any Councillor who accepts the invitation
will not be entitled to vote.
Each member of the Executive Committee may vote only once on
The Chairman shall have a casting vote in any matters where
equal voting occurs.
The Executive Committee may co-opt additional members where
this is considered appropriate. Such members will not be
entitled to vote.
The Committee shall have the power to appoint a sub committee
for any special purpose. The Chairman will be an ex-officio
member of any such sub committee.
The administration of membership shall be through a system of
Road Stewards controlled by the Membership Secretary who shall
encourage Stewards to achieve the highest possible membership.
16. Each Road
Steward will be required to collect the Annual Subscriptions
and deliver any Association items to the area allocated to
Each Road Steward shall pay all subscriptions collected to the
Treasurer, or another person nominated by the Committee.
18. A record shall
be maintained of the membership.
The Treasurer shall keep proper accounts of all income and
expenditure, report to each Committee Meeting the current
financial situation and produce an examined report of the
Association's financial position as at the previous 31st
December at the Annual General Meeting. All items of
expenditure require approval by the Committee prior to payment.
20. All monies
received shall be deposited in Bank or Building Society
At the first Committee Meeting after the Annual General
Three members of the Committee shall be nominated to sign
cheques or authorise payment from the Association's Account,
any two of whom should be required to sign.
Duties, other than those of the officers, such
as Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Press and Publicity
be shared among Committee Members.
Should a member of the Committee elected to an office in para.
5 resign, the Committee shall have the power to appoint another
member of the Committee to fill the vacancy until the next
Annual General Meeting.
A special General Meeting shall be convened upon written
request being received by the Committee to do so from fifty or
more members. The reason for the request must be stated.
24. No alterations
or additions to be made to these Rules except at an Annual
General Meeting, or a General Meeting convened for that
purpose. The nature of the proposed alterations and/or
additions shall appear on the Notice of the Meeting. The Rules
should be reviewed at least once every five years.
Only the Executive Committee or persons authorised by the
Executive Committee have the authority to speak for or act on
behalf of the Association.
The Executive Committee has the right to refuse or revoke
membership of persons who act contrary to the aims and rules of
Nominations for Officers, other members of the Executive
Committee and Examiner must be in the hands of the Chairman or
Secretary in writing seven clear days prior to the date of the
Annual General Meeting. Each nomination must be supported by a
proposer with the nominee's written consent.
The Association shall not be dissolved except by the vote of
two thirds of the members present and voting at a General
Meeting, on the agenda of which shall appear the question of
dissolution. On dissolution any surplus funds shall be paid to
local charities to be decided by the outgoing Executive