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Welcome to the Summer Resident

I am writing this on a beautiful sunny day and hope that bodes well for the summer of 2015.  I don’t know if the weather played a part in the events we are remembering from days gone by.

What was the day like at Runnymede 800 years ago when
  King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta by English barons in 1215, and which has served as the cornerstone for many of the world's judicial systems ever since. Details of this seminal event and its ramifications will be part of the Exhibition in the Cater Museum in July.
How was the day on Sunday 18th June 1815 when Wellington and his allies routed the French at Waterloo?

In 1915 the weather would have been important to all those soldiers as they were entrenched in France trying to gain ground.
I hasten to add that I am not suggesting that any event can be improved by good weather but lazy summer days bring with them the nostalgia of school holidays which seemed to go on forever and family holidays. I remember going to Lowestoft for a week as a child and even enjoying a day of rain as we went to the cinema.

BDRA has a significant milestone this year. It is its 90th year and we are looking for ideas to celebrate this anniversary. Ranging from what was happening in the late 1920s in Billericay and are there any residents who were born in Billericay and going to be 90 .  It’s OK if you been away and come back!  All ideas are welcome so do please get in touch by the usual means or by phone.

I am also looking for any clubs which would like to be highlighted on our Club Connection page.  The format is quite simply like a conversation answering the sort of questions people would ask about your club.

I noticed that in Committee news there is a planning application for change of use in Radford Way for a Sainsbury’s local. Do remember what Neil Sumner asked us to do for the environment and providing habitats for birds and other small creatures. The news on page 11 is extended to Burstead and the East and I hope that in the future we will have news from the West.

In the September edition there will be more coach trips taking us up to Christmas. If you would like to go to Brighton in September there are still places.  The weather in September can be so settled and warm.

Don’t forget to let your letters and comments come in so that the magazine is really relevant to Billericay and we can make a difference to our town and district. Have an enjoyable summer and take lots of photos.

 This Could be YOU!

Road reps for:

7 Houses in Grosvenor Gardens
19 Houses in Portman Drive and Farrier Drive

 Please call Paul Farrow on 625126 if you can help

30 Houses covering Ash Green, Harrods Court and Outwood Common Road
Please call Helen Hill on 636024 if you can help


Let us know about  how we can improve the BDRA website and if you can help.
Please don’t be limited by what we have in this month’s edition do let the Editor know about any other concerns, plaudits and where we can pat people on the back.
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