Conservation of the
OCRA monitors the green belt
in our area - the open spaces and Bradmore Green Conservation Area -
and protests against infringements.
OCRA 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.
OCRA 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.
OCRA supports the Friends of
Farthing Downs, a group dedicated to the preservation of this important
One 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
OCRA 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.
OCRA is represented on other
bodies such as the Coulsdon Forum and London Green Belt Council, all of
which deal with matters of a wider issue.
OCRA works closely with the
Police & Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
OCRA 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.
Additionally, OCRA gives you
the chance meet your neighbours at functions including residents'
meetings, a Theatre club and a Walking group that created its own 47
mile footpath to Brighton - the Socratic Trail.
OCRA takes part in the
annual Village Fair organised by the Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor.
Members 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
We 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 at the address below. We would
greatly appreciate your help.
There are also social events
organised, a Theatre
Club with a small membership fee and a Swimming Club.
If 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 contact our
Chairman or any member of the committee that you meet in the local
area. We desperately need new members on the panel.
Drawings: Mike Blake
Association shall be called the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association
2. The Old Coulsdon
Residents' Association area is bounded in general
by Stoneyfield Road/Hillside Road, Caterham Drive and Old Fox Close and all adult residents
shall be eligible for membership. Others may be considered for membership at the
discretion of the Executive Committee (see Rule 9).
3. The objects
of the Association shall be:
preserve and, where possible, to enhance the special character of Old
represent and uphold the interests of the residents in all matters
appertaining to the area.
(c) 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.
Association shall be non-sectarian and shall not affiliate to any
political party or participate in party politics.
5. The general
management of the Association shall be vested in an Executive
a) This Committee shall consist of the
following Officers: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary,
Treasurer, and up to ten other members, all of whom shall be elected at
the Annual General Meeting (subject to Rule 22).
b) 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 Vice-Chairman the Quorum shall elect a Chairman for the
duration of the Meeting.
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 General Meetings.
7. At the Annual General
Meeting a member who does not hold office shall be elected to examine
the Accounts during the ensuing year.
positions shall be honorary.
9. 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 be required to pay an additional sum.
10. 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.
member of the Executive Committee may vote only once on each division.
12. The Chairman shall
have a casting vote in any matters where equal voting occurs.
13. The Executive
Committee may co-opt additional members where this is considered
appropriate. Such members will not be entitled to vote.
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
15. 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
16. Each Road
Steward will be required to collect the Annual Subscriptions and
deliver any Association items to the area allocated to him/her.
17. 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.
19. 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 Accounts.
21. At the first
Committee Meeting after the Annual General Meeting:
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.
b) Duties, other than those of the
officers, such as Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Press
and Publicity Officer
will be shared among Committee Members.
22. 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.
23. 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.
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
25. Only the
Executive Committee or persons authorised by the Executive Committee
have the authority to speak for or act on behalf of the Association.
Executive Committee has the right to refuse or revoke membership of
persons who act contrary to the aims and rules of the Association.
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
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 Committee.