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Spring Forward

Spring is really with us and the clocks changing.  We look forward to both of these events as they seem to herald better weather and of course there are the lighter evenings.

It is that time of the year when local and national choices need to be made.  I notice that a number of the clubs and groups who are on our events page are having AGMs and reviewing the last year.  BDRA will be doing that in May as well as listening to residents who said they would like to hear about the implications of Crossrail on our corner of Essex.

 Some clubs have decided to tell us about what they do and encourage new members by writing about their group. Each group who has been in the Club Connection slot have reported that they have had new people come along to their next event.  Last month the Billericay Flower Arranging Group had 4 new members and 4 visitors.

This month it is the turn of the Billericay Bowls Club so if you have been thinking of giving bowls a try this could be the time to do it.

Someone asked me the other day what I would ask my candidates for local, county and general elections.  I thought for a moment and said that they listen to the concerns of the people they represent and take action on the key issues which affect us.  This is a general answer and I challenge you, through the letters page for the May edition, to tell us what the key question is you are asking parish/town or county councillors.

As we all know many issues do not have simple solutions but a series of solutions so we need to start somewhere and move forward with a purpose.

We are excited to welcome Jonathan Baggs, Area Community Relations Manager (Surface East) from Crossrail to be our speaker at our AGM on May 20th.

We will be asking him to talk about how the idea of Crossrail was conceived and what the benefits of Crossrail to the people of Billericay will be. This project will definitely impact on the journeys of everyone who uses the train so we want to know how we should use the service to best advantage and how the new service will fit into existing timetables.

If you are interested do come along – 20th May – 8pm – Emmanuel Archer Hall.

And if the speaker doesn’t tempt you maybe the cakes and refreshments will.

 This Could be YOU!

Membership Secretary for the West Area.
Due to the pending retirement of our West Area Secretary we are looking for someone who could give a couple of hours a month to managing the distribution of the Resident, managing membership and administration for the West Area of Billericay.  If you have the time and would like to be part of the Area Secretarys’ network then do ring Tesni Blee on  657125.  She would love to hear from you.

Road reps for:

9 Houses covering Marlborough Way, Rutherford Close,

            Berkeley Drive.

 Please call Paul Farrow on 625126 if you can help

48 Houses, covering Green Farm Lane, Prince Edward Rd
This round only takes about 30 mins a month . I know from experience.
12 Houses Dedham Road/Dedham Close

 Please call Helen Hill on 636024 if you can help

Volunteers needed
Is there anyone who can give a few hours collecting subs in Queens Park and South Green. It would not need to be until the warmer weather and lighter evenings are upon us.  If you can help please contact Paul Farrow (Queens Park) on 625126 or Pam Heazel (South Green) on 413865.


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