Barkham Village Residents Association

The autumn newsletter is now available on-line here
Our latest quiz "Where In The World 2" can be found here
You can now pay your membership by direct debit - click here for details 

There is an error in the Autumn 2020 newsletter. The telephone number for Pilates shoud be 0118 989 2571

Wokinghaam BC have created a short video that explains the Covid19 support network and how to access it 

Felicity ParkerI understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.  

You will be aware that the police were given new powers to help reinforce these measures and whilst these are an option to us, we will only use them as a last resort. Officers will routinely be stopping members of the public and vehicles to ensure the Government’s advice is being adhered to so please don’t be alarmed if you are stopped and work with us if you are told to return home.

Wokingham BC have asked us to make you aware of the information in the attached email they have sent 

Download this file (2020-04-22 WBC.pdf)2020-04-22 WBC.pdf

 2020 03 21 IanOIan Overton, the long standing Treasurer of the BVRA, has just “retired” after nearly 20 years in the role.  In recognition of his sterling support of the residents’ association, we bought Ian a retirement gift of a terracotta planter (pictured).

I first met Ian when he joined the BVRA Committee in the autumn of 2001 when he took over from one of the founders of the residents’ association, Pam Edwards.  He has been a much valued member of the committee ever since.

One of the first events for which he had to hold the purse strings was the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in Barkham in 2002.  Over the years he has offered guidance to the committee on matters relating to the BVRA’s finances and has been much trusted in these matters.  He has kept the BVRA on a sound financial footing to ensure we have a “fighting fund” if that proves necessary, whilst supporting spending money on “special events” for Barkham such as the 2012 celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee  

In recent years he has been seen at BVRA social events running the bar with his wife, Evelyn.  He has also been an ever-present at the popular Carols in Park just before Christmas, directing traffic and collecting donations for the band.

When Ian announced his wish to step down, we were very pleased that Alison Gouge came forward to take on the Treasurer role and they have just completed the handover.  Our Chairman, Alan Dixon, welcomed Alison in the spring edition of the Barkham Newsletter available here

I am sure Barkham residents will want to join me in wishing Ian many thanks for his service to the BVRA and best wishes for his "retirement".

Stewart Richardson
BVRA Committee Member

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