BERT

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Brockham Emergency Response Team is a volunteer community resilience group - helping the community as 1st responder during floods or other threats, supported by BEVs Brockham Emergency Volunteers. It also provides a Local Community email news/alert service - to receive or re-subscribe to that, please enter your email address in the Join Mailing List box provided. The team has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. A full log of BERT work and deployments can been reviewed using the Find Us Online link below.

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32 Bus Service During Brockham Road Closure from 23 September

Brockham Lane (between the top of Brockham Lane and the junction of Kiln Lane) will be closed for water main works from Monday 23 September for eight weeks. The 32 service running between Guildford, Dorking, Reigate and Redhill will divert via Old Reigate Road (Arkle Manor) in both directions between the top of Brockham Lane and Betchworth Post Office.

For the first four weeks, buses will not be able to serve Kiln Lane, Brockham Lane, Brockham and Strood Green. Therefore, SES Water is funding a shuttle bus, which will operate Monday to Friday and on Saturdays free of charge.

~Tasha Baker

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Book Now!

Tuesday, 29th October, 2:00 pm, in Brockham Village Hall

Once Upon a Pillow Fight is a playful and interactive pop-up show of madcap acrobatics and nap-time shenanigans by the Upswing Theatre Company.

Children aged 3 to 7 years and their carers are invited to snuggle down in bed and listen to a bedtime story, until a pillow fight breaks out!

'A very beautiful, dynamic and well-crafted show for children and their grown ups' (The Scotsman).

The cafe will be open before and after the performance.

Admission is £7.50 per child (accompanying adult free). Please book directly with The Reading Room Coffee & Cake House at Brockham Village Hall, or at brockhamvhall@gmail.com.

This event is promoted by Brockham Youth Council as part of Mole Valley Arts Alive. Come and support the Youth Council, Mole Valley Arts, and your local Village Hall.

~David Challenger

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Check Out the Latest Issue of Our Watch Newsletter

In our latest issue, we profile the Neighbour of the Year Award, back for a second year, and which this time around includes a community champion award. Nominations are open now, so be sure to have a ponder and see which of your neighbours you’ll be putting forward.

Elsewhere we hear about an exciting new partnership with cybersecurity firm Avast who we’ll shortly be launching a joint campaign with called Cyberhood Watch. We also hear about the Neighbourhood Watch summer seminar tour that took place last month as well as the inspiring story of how one Watch member helped save an animal sanctuary.

All this and more in the latest issue of Our Watch. Download it from our website here.

~William Murphy (Neighbourhood Watch Administrator, England and Wales)

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Tuesday 17th September 2019

A Parking/Speeding/Congestion Charge Has My Plate Number, but it Wasn't My Car

Unfortunately it is up to you as the registered keeper to satisfy the issuer of the ticket that it was not you or your car at the time and place where the alleged offence occurred. Here are some suggestions on how to deal with it:

  • You could consider taking a photograph of the rear of your vehicle that may show it was not your car. Hopefully there will be small differences between your car and the cloned one.
  • Legally manufactured number plates must have the details of the manufacturer on them so that may also be a way of distinguishing the vehicles, providing the photograph is of a high enough quality.
  • If you park your car in a car park whilst at work the operator may have CCTV evidence to prove that your car was there at the time of the alleged offence.
  • If this is a regular occurrence (and especially if the tickets are from your local area) contact your local police who may be able to put a marker on the police national computer. Be aware though that this will probably result in you being stopped more often so make sure you have documentation with you to identify yourself and the vehicle (but never leave it in an unoccupied vehicle).
  • Number plate cloning and car cloning are becoming a growing problem (though it is still on a relatively small scale in the scheme of things), but the Government is looking at ways of reducing it.
Check Your Shed/Garage Security

Two men were disturbed in a residential garage in Blacksmith Close, Ashtead, late last night. Nothing was taken, but it is always worth checking and following our top tips: Alarm it, Lock it, Hide it or Mark it https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/

Update

Officers assisted by police dogs and the air service located and arrested two men who decamped Pebble Hill, Betchworth very early Monday after they initially made off from police on two motorcycles with no rear number plates. Enquiries continue.

Gerald Plaku, 19

Was due to appear in court on Monday morning, after being charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He is due to appear at Staines Magistrates’ Court after being stopped on Saturday night (14 September), in Leatherhead.

Three Suspicious Men

Reported looking into houses and driveways a few days ago in Tower Hill, Dorking. They were driving a white transit van with registration FV16BPF. If anyone is seen acting suspiciously in the area again please call 101 or 999 if a crime taking place, citing reference number P19214112.

A Black Nissan Navara

With registration LC56ZVT, has a Statutory Off Road Notification (meaning it cannot legally be driven or parked on a public street) and is currently uninsured, but has been seen driving around Westhumble. Give us a call on 101 if you see it snooping around on your land.

~Andy Reid (Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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On a Warm and Sunny Sunday

Helping BERT Protect Against Repeat Flooding

On Sunday last, about fourteen BERT volunteers undertook to clear the main drainage ditch from Oakdene Road, through Warrenne Road to Middle Street. A huge amount of vegetation was removed and placed on trailers to be removed next weekend when the pole goes up and the Bonfire build begins. Before and after pictures of one stretch of that ditch are the bottom two pictures, above.

At the same time, work was undertaken by another seven volunteers on the inlet ditch into Weir Mead Farm pond alongside Wheelers Lane. This is an attenuation pond and holds water from the chimney pots, releasing it gradually into the drainage system. The cuttings were piled nearby to provide a safe and fertile habitat for lots of creatures living around the pond. Before and after pictures of one stretch of that ditch are the top two pictures, above. The next steps in the restoration of the area in and around the pond is to be considered in consultation with a local expert.

~Issy Heppenstall, BERT Trustee

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Apologies for the Many Photographic Omissions!

Thank you to every single person who helped BERT on Sunday. We accomplished more work than we could have hoped for, in less time than we expected, thanks to so many friends, old and new, young and old.

Regards,

~The BERT Trustees

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Apparently, SES Doesn't Want Any More Calls

A burst pipe in Hillside Gardens has now been running for five days. SES was informed of it last Wednesday. Note the spray painted notice.

A conservative guesstimate would be 25 to 30 gallons per hour! When we are all asked to conserve water!!

~Bill Songhurst

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Congratulations, Brockham!!!!!

You should all be extremely proud to have achieved such an honorable accolade. Just shows all that hard work was recognised. What a beautiful area we live in. Well done all of you. ~Jean

"Parish of theYear" Congratulations to all involved - what a lovely village we have. ~Barrie and Marilyn

Mighty congratulations! Very well done and deserved. ~Mary

Congratulations to Brockham winning Parish of the Year. Amazing feat. ~Dorothy

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Brockham Award

Brockham wins 'Parish of the Year'

Brockham Parish Council entered the South and South East in Bloom awards in 2019, for the second consecutive year.

Having achieved ‘silver gilt’ in 2018, the Parish Council implemented various suggestions from the judges and worked to improve our entry.

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that Brockham was not only awarded ‘gold’ this time round, but was also crowned winner of ‘Parish of the Year 2019’!

This is a massive accolade for our village, and a huge team achievement.

Judged on Community Involvement; Environmental Responsibility and Gardening/Horticulture/Conservation Achievement, this truly is an award for the entire community, representing an immense team effort.

The photo shows the certificate and the engraved wooden plaque, beautifully framed by Margaret Churchly’s roses.

Thank you to everyone, particularly those who gave their time on the day of judging.

Gill Venables and Karen Gargani

Brockham Parish Council

Just a Reminder - Sunday 15th September, 9:00 am to Noon

A Chance to Help BERT Protect Against Repeat Flooding

Please join us at the Cricket Pavilion in Middle Street at 8:45 for a prompt 9:00 o'clock start. This time round we are concentrating on two main areas:

  • Oakdene Road - This is your chance to help protect so many properties that were affected by the 2013 flooding. We are clearing the main storm water culvert and ditch that passes behind the houses from Oakdene road to Middle Street. When we last did this stretch 4 years ago it was amazing how much debris was removed.

  • Weir Mead Pond - Work continues on the restoration of this lovely water feature. We are now clearing the inlet ditch that brings new water into the pond.
It would be really good to see some old and new faces - especially youngsters in the village who are keen to join us. Send us your teenagers (aged 13 and over) and we will keep them out of trouble for a few hours. This should be a really fun morning!

A reply to this email (bert.brockham@gmail.com) is helpful, but you are also welcome to turn up unannounced on the day.

Dress for any weather, and bring Wellies if you've got them. We supply lots of equipment, but if they're handy, please bring your own gloves and secateurs.

~Issy Heppenstall and the BERT Trustees

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