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Welcome to September's Resident
in the month of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

As I write this early on an August morning I can feel the coolness of the Autumn coming. In this edition we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Billericay Society.  So many of their interests link with the BDRA’s interests. Also we are going into our 90th year so have been alongside the Society for all of their existence.

You may be interested to know that Billericay District Residents' Association began life as the Billericay Residents' Association in 1926 when about 70 commuters joined together to provide a footpath which gave access to the railway station from Mountnessing Road to save railway travellers a long walk.

At that time the population of the town was approximately 5,000 people and the local authority was the Billericay Rural District Council which consisted of representatives of each of the Parish Councils.

The first issue of "The Resident" was circulated in May 1978 following the merger of The Buttsbury Residents' Association and the Billericay Residents' Association to form the Billericay District Residents' Association. It superseded The Buttsbury News and The Mayflower, the newsletters of the two previous Associations.
As you know we are looking for older residents to talk to about significant events in Billericay and District over those years.  The areas I have come up with after reading Ted Wright’s, Roger Green’s and Sylvia Kent’s books are changes in transport, carnivals as a predecessors of the summer and Christmas ‘fests’ , housing and the development of  areas such as Queens Park,  the changing high street and entertainment such as the Ritz in Chapel Street. If anyone has any experiences connected to these general areas then please let me know.

As a newcomer I am really interested to hear about how Billericay has developed. I am also interested in how it continues to develop. What lessons have we learned from the past which will continue to make our town and district a thriving one? 

The BDRA committees have come up with some ideas how about sending us yours by the usual channels.  
Another focus for our 90th year is to expand the number of homes we reach. Our Treasurer did an analysis of the present coverage of the Resident. The result was that currently 1 in 3 households receive our magazine. A good place to start.

 This Could be YOU!
Road reps for:

17 Houses Portman Drive, Farriers Drive.
7 Houses Grosvenor Gdns

 Please call Paul Farrow on 625126 if you can help

30 houses - covering ash green, Harrods court & Outwood common road.

 Please call Helen Hill on 636024 if you can help

 18 houses in Little Burstead

Please call Pam Heazel on 413865 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.
As usual the way to contact us is email: or tel: 01277 632390 

Copy Dates for "Resident"

If readers wish to advertise an event or have an article printed in the newsletter the item should be submitted to the Editor by the 15th of the month before publication:

Chris Wade
12a Tyrone Close
Great Burstead
Billericay CM11 2RX

or e-mail
If an event is to be held before the 10th of the month then, to ensure circulation, the advertisement should be in the previous month's issue, e.g. an event taking place on the 3 May should be advertised in the April issue. Similarly if an event is scheduled for September then the advertisement should appear in the July issue.