Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

Serving the community for over 80 years


Dates for your Diary

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

Contents A-Z

Site Map

Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association website

The Christmas Dinner & Dance is an annual event organised by the combined Residents' Associations and menu details and a booking form are available here to print and complete. Please put the date in your diary and contact Janet Stollery (chairocra@outlook.com) to book a table. The deadline for bookings is Wednesday 26 October.


Petrol Prices

Cheapest Unleaded at 5 stations within 5 miles.



Marlowe Way,Wallington,Croydon,CR0 4XS

Asda 4.92 miles away, recorded 25.09.16



Purley Way,Waddon,Croydon,CR0 3JW

Sainsburys 4.76 miles away, recorded 25.09.16



Purley Road,Purley,CR8 2HA

Tesco Extra 2.06 miles away, recorded 25.09.16



Brighton Road,Purley Oaks,Purley,CR8 2BA

Esso 2.78 miles away, recorded 24.09.16



Brighton Road,South Croydon,CR2 6AJ

Shell 3.34 miles away, recorded 24.09.16

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 August 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. 3rd October
Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 10th October
Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 17th October
Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 24th October
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). Any old clothes and pairs of shoes that you are throwing out just need to be put in a bag on top of your recycling box each week.

Neighbourhood Recycling Centre And Household Re-Use And Recycling - our 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.

City Commons

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. It's the nearest to a personal recommendation that we can provide. Click here to view.


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OCRA Monthly E-mails

The September 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 1,200 people do this already. Just click here to join the group.


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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 “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 29/09/16

© OCRA 2016