The Barkham Village Residents Association (“BVRA”) was established in 1987 so is now in its 30th year. It came about initially in response to a Planning Application for housing development within the Coombes.
After the threat to the Coombes subsided, the association continued to contribute to Barkham's community spirit by running social events and the production of a quarterly newsletter.
Planning issues remain a key interest of the BVRA and obviously there is a lot of current activity on this topic (see elsewhere in this newsletter).
However, we will have to wind up the BVRA in the new year if we cannot find local residents to join the committee.
We have been without a permanent chairperson since our previous chairman moved out of the area. We have managed via “acting” chairs and the Newsletter Editor has been Acting Chairman for the past 4 years, in addition to editing the quarterly Barkham Newsletter. However, he is unable to continue to carry out both roles and stood down at the recent AGM. None of the other committee members are able to take on the role.
We must have a Chairperson in order to function for practical reasons but also to conform with our Constitution. We have also been without a Secretary since the summer when the previous incumbent had to stand down.
We have advertised for a new Chairperson in the newsletter and on the website many times over the years but have received no replies. Unless a resident comes forward to take on the chair role by 31 January 2018, the committee has decided that it will have to wind up the BVRA. This is obviously something we want to avoid at all costs BUT IT WILL HAPPEN UNLESS THERE IS A VOLUNTEER.
IF YOU VALUE THE BVRA AND WANT TO SAVE IT, PLEASE HELP NOW!
Contact Stewart Richardson or any member of the committee by clicking here for more information or to volunteer.
(signed) BVRA General Committee
The roles of the Chairperson and Secretary can be viewed by clicking on the respective links. Previous experience is not required and the rest of the committee will provide help and guidance as needed. The main prerequisites of the Chairperson role are a desire to support the local Barkham community and a good dollop of common sense!