Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

Serving the community for over 80 years


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About OCRA

Brief History of OCRA

Joining OCRA

Who's Who in OCRA

Contact OCRA

OCRA Monthly Mails

OCRA Newsletter

OCRA Planning

OCRA Theatre Club

Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Reporting Local Problems

Information for Newcomers

Local Photographs

Council Services

Useful Links

Friends Groups

Friends of Bradmore Green Pond

Coulsdon Coppice Friends Group

Friends of Farthing Downs

Friends of Grange Park

Kenley Airfield Friends Group

Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green

CLOC Friends Group

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Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association website

Old Coulsdon Village Fair

The re-scheduled Old Coulsdon Village Fair, brought to you by Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club, is on Saturday 10th September, now just over three weeks away.

This also coincides with the official opening of the Grange Park Play Area, making it an extra special day for the residents of Old Coulsdon. May this glorious summer weather prevail! It seems a world away from the waterlogged disappointment of July.

Mark Cooper
Old Coulsdon Village Fair Committee
Rotary Club of Coulson Manor

Grange Park Play Area

The new Play Area has been completed! The first children have been testing the equipment and the reaction is that “It's 'way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way way, way, way, way better than the old one!!!!!!”

The official opening will be on 10th September but you don't need to wait until then to try it. Please enjoy.


OCRA Autumn Meeting

Old Coulsdon Residents' Association


Wednesday 14th September 2016

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Cameron Hall, Congregational Church

Public Meeting open to all residents

Refreshments provided


Alan Morgan, Kenley Airfield Friends Group

Q&A Session with our Councillor & OCRA Committee

Come and hear about the £1.1m Kenley Revival Project and what it will mean to Kenley Airfield.


Whitgift Exhibition Centre, Haling Park, South Croydon

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front is a major new exhibition telling the story of a pivotal year of the First World War, through a unique series of personal stories.

Follow the fascinating personal testimony of those on both sides of war and uncover a fresh perspective on the battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme; and well-known characters such as Lord Kitchener and Manfred von Richthofen, later known as the infamous ‘Red Baron’. In contrast, Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, on both the Western and Home fronts; ordinary people with extraordinary lives. These lives, events and themes of 1916 are illustrated by more than 600 original artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before.

Ticket prices:
Residents of the London Borough of Croydon
Please bring proof of address e.g. Council Tax bill or utility bill
Adult £5
Senior £3
Child (under 16) £1
Child (under 5) Free

For other tickets and full details, click here.

Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon Appeal

CLOC Friends Group and the Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon Appeal 2016 will be featured in the Waitrose Coulsdon Community scheme in August. If you are shopping in Waitrose, please put your green tokens in the CLOC slot.


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Cane Hill Park

Show homes are open to view by appointment, the first houses have been sold and the buyers will be moving in soon.
The local RAs continue to press for an additional exit from Cane Hill Park on to Farthing Way (the A23 bypass) and have written an open letter which has been printed in the Croydon Guardian.
Barratt's Insite Newsletter 3 can be read here.This includes details of Phase II for which detailed planning applications have been submitted to Croydon Council.

Cane Hill Park website: www.canehillpark.co.uk.
For the history of Cane Hill Hospital, go to www.canehill.org.

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Bradmore Green Library

The Bradmore Green Library Supporters Group are running a poster campaign to encourage more people to use the Library. Look out for their posters and flyers and try to get to the Library at least once to support their efforts.

The use of libraries is measured by the number of visitors so it will help if you go into the library for any reason as you will be counted automatically as you enter.

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Petrol Prices

Cheapest Unleaded at 5 stations within 5 Miles of CR5 1LA on 22nd August 2016.


Sainsburys Purley Way

Purley Way, Waddon, Croydon, CR0 3JW

Sainsburys 4.76 miles away, last updated on 20th August


Tesco Purley Extra

Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA

Tesco Extra 2.06 miles away, last updated on 21st August


Mrh Hayling Down

Brighton Road, Purley Oaks, Purley, CR8 2BA

Esso 2.78 miles away, last updated on 19th August


Mrh Whitgift

Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EE

Esso 3.78 miles away, last updated on 19th August


Foxley Service Station

Godstone Road, Purley, CR8 2DB

Shell 2.09 miles away, last updated on 16th August

The information above may help you to save a few pennies.

Source: www.petrolprices.com

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Travel News

Trains & Buses

Click here for information from Southern Railway.

For the latest Travel information and access to many useful sources of help and information, click here.

You can check services on:


For London Bus timetables and other bus information:

For more Coulsdon Travel News from the East Surrey Transport Committee, click here.


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Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

The SNT send email alerts and a monthly Newsletter to residents registered to receive them. You can receive this information direct by sending an email to CoulsdonEast.snt@met.police.uk with (optionally) your name and address and your email details will be added to their distribution list.

Click here for the Coulsdon East Update for June and here and here for the latest news.

The Little Book of Big Scams’ is a comprehensive guide on fraud prevention produced by the Metropolitan Police, explaining some of the most common scams in existence, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, providing essential advice to reduce the chances of you being parted from your money.

The booklet is primarily aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in society as they are particularly at risk; but anyone who reads it will benefit. People from all backgrounds and income levels are targeted by scammers - anyone can fall victim to fraud.

Click here to read.
For more advice, click here.

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Waste Collection

The collection dates for the next month are:

W/c Mon. 1st August
Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

W/c Mon. 8th August
Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container
Green Waste if you have a Brown bin

W/c Mon. 15th August
Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

W/c Mon. 22nd August
Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container
Green Waste if you have a Brown bin

W/c Mon. 29th August
Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

Collection Day - the Collection Day is now different depending on your street and you need to check the Council website and enter your details to find your day. Click here to check your Collection Day and print your own leaflet (sample here).

Clothes And Shoes Recycling - There is a box on Tudor Parade (in Placehouse Lane) but you can put textiles out for collection (in a plastic bag) any week.

Neighbourhood Recycling Centre And Household Re-Use And Recycling - the nearest centre is at Purley Oaks open Monday to Sunday: 8.00 am to 3.30 pm.

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City Commons

All seven of our commons have won national awards that recognise the quality of our green space management. We received the Green Flag award for all sites and will proudly fly the flags! We couldn’t achieve this gold standard without the support of our volunteers.

Click on the links for the City Commons website for:
Coulsdon Common
Farthing Downs

They issue a monthly newsletter which you can read here with details of all the activities on the Commons.


London Green Belt

OCRA attend meetings of the London Green Belt Council. They have produced this interactive map showing threats to the Green Belt including some in our area. If you click on the map, you will be shown a version that you can explore to see where the threats are.

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OCRA Weather

This weather forecast for the OCRA area is generated by the Met Office.


OCRAtrade is a list of local tradespeople who have been recommended on the OCRA Facebook page in response to “Does anyone know someone who can...?” questions. Think of it as Checkatrade but local! Click here to view.

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OCRA Monthly E-mails

The August e-mail has been sent to subscribers and members of our OCRA Facebook Group. You can read this and back issues by clicking here. To subscribe to receive them direct send a message to:


You have our promise that your e-mail details will not be passed on to anyone else. You will be able to unsubscribe if you find you don't want to receive them.

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OCRA on Facebook

Don't forget that you can follow OCRA on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the news and chat to other local people about issues that concern you. Over 1,100 people do this already. Just click on the logo below and type Old Coulsdon Residents' Association (OCRA) in the search box and join the group.

Please note we will expect to see something in your Facebook profile indicating a link with Old Coulsdon or your request will simply be ignored.

You will also need to ensure any detail is not 'hidden' or we will not be able to see it.

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Help OCRA When Buying Online

If you are buying online, please help us raise money for OCRA funds.

Sign up and use easyfundraising.org.uk to shop online with many different companies, including Amazon and Tesco Direct, and a contribution will be made to OCRA funds. They offer a Donation Reminder which tells you when you are on a site that donates. Click this link to go to their website.


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OCRA Noticeboard

Lacey Green Noticeboard Photo: Nigel Rea

The Noticeboard at Lacey Green is maintained by OCRA and we publish our notices there. Other posters can be displayed by request to this email address. The Noticeboard on Tudor Parade is maintained by Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor.

As well as contact details for OCRA, we publish details of 'What's On in Old Coulsdon' there.

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OCRA Road Stewards

After eleven years of amazing hard work by Marion and Alan, they will be handing over their roles as Membership Secretaries at the end of this calendar year.

This job is both physically demanding and requires careful planning of diaries to make sure that the Membership Secretaries are available at critical times of the year to receive the newsletter from the printers and distribute it to the Road Stewards so they can deliver it within a reasonable time frame. It has become clear that some changes to the distribution pattern will need to be made, so we are considering sectorising the area and having four or five what ECRA call “Super Stewards” who will be responsible for distributing the newsletter to the Road Stewards rather than one/two people having to do all this.

So, going forward, we need to have volunteers to be the following

1. Membership Secretarythis could be a couple, or two friends working together

Their tasks would be:-

Have the newsletters (approx. 2,500) delivered to their dwelling three times a year and split them into manageable numbers to count and put them into whatever delivery pattern is decided. This person(s) will also handle the associated paperwork with managing the process and keep the records updated as returns come in from Road Stewards, after they have collected the subscriptions from their round, to ensure that in the following year the correct number of newsletters are delivered to each Steward. A sound grasp of Microsoft Office is essential for the record keeping and a printer for the paperwork. Associated costs would be reimbursed by OCRA. We could also have an Assistant Membership Secretary to help at critical times if, say, the newsletter gets held up and the Membership Secretary has to be away. Liaison with Sally Cook the Newsletter Editor is of course critical to this to make sure timing is right.

2. Super Stewards

Their tasks would be:-

Collect the newsletters for their sector from the Membership Secretary and deliver them to the Road Stewards in their area (probably around 16 per sector). If the Road Stewards were able to collect the newsletters from the Super Steward this would help, but we appreciate that some of our Road Stewards are not able to do this.

Our Road Stewards are the life blood of our Old Coulsdon community and we would be very grateful if you could consider helping us with this. If you want further information before committing yourself to either position, Marion and Alan would be happy to discuss this further. You can call them on on 07538 792812.

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Updated 25/08/16

© OCRA 2016