The Chipstead Residents Association (CRA) is a non-political voluntary organisation whose aim is to represent the residents of Chipstead by having healthy relationships with policymakers and ensuring we protect our village and its residents.
Acting as a resource for residents to discover the latest news, traffic, village events, major planning applications, local groups, and societies through a monthly newsletter.
A widening membership of Chipstead residents on the CRA enables us to work together with one voice, and have greater impact on county and borough councils as well as the police and transport authorities for the benefit of the entire village.
We encourage Chipstead residents to join the CRA to support the work we do and contribute to future endeavours. If you would like to become a member, simply add your details using the following link. The membership subscription is a minimum of £10.00 p.a. which is paid via our payment partner, Go Cardless. When you sign up you will receive an email confirming the amount and frequency of the payments by direct debit.
If you need assistance with membership, please contact our General Secretary, Sarah Barham at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not already, you may wish to receive CRA newsletters; please sign up to the mailing list using the link below. It is our policy to maintain strict confidentiality of email addresses. You do not have to be a paying member of the CRA to receive newsletters.
The the 76th Annual General Meeting of CRA was held at 8pm on Thursday, 31st March 2022, at the Peter Aubertin Hall. Catherine Tulley, The Chair, welcomed the 34 people in attendance, in addition to the 9 committee members, to the meeting. Catherine summaried the Chair's report, which you can also find below, before accounts were approved, members were reelected, and other matters were completed.
CHAIR’S REVIEW 2021/22
I look forward to welcoming you all to the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Chipstead Residents Association.I have now been in post for just under a year. During this time the CRA committee has continued to meet during the various lockdowns by using Zoom, face 2 face meetings, outside meetings by candlelight and then back to Zoom meetings for the Christmas Lockdown.
We have reluctantly said goodbye to Elizabeth Vetta & Rebecca Fitch-Carpenter from the committee this year - with Elizabeth returning to nursing and Rebecca taking on a new role at The Brit School, they sadly have had to retire their membership from the committee. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and efforts over their time on the CRA. That does leave some gaps in the committee - we are keen to welcome people who are willing to join us in committee roles. The main “roles” or portfolios that are vacant are Environment (building and maintaining alliances with local countryside organisations), Funding (managing funding applications) and Membership (managing memberships database). Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions about any of these roles and how you can help.
There are a number of new faces on the committee which I am pleased to be introducing to you at the AGM. The main actions carried out by the CRA over the past 12 months include the following: An electronic survey to understand what residents would like from the CRA, Updates to the village website to reflect changes to the CRA committee, A new membership sign-up method - Go Cardless, An updated newsletter sign up, Chipstead Parade local business information, New pages for planning policy, guidance & specific applications, A redesign of the CRA newsletter to employ a more modern look and feel, Updates to the mailing system - saving both time and money, A Monthly Newsletter sent out to nearly 600 active subscribers, Completion of a Welcome Pack for new residents, An increase in followers to the Chipstead Village Facebook page to over 1400, Collaboration with Cherish Chipstead to help obtain funds allocated in 2019 for numerous trees to be planted throughout the village, Meetings with Chairs of all neighbouring RA’s and councillors, Meetings with various members of the outgoing committee to hand over historical and relevant information on traffic actions before COVID, Ongoing meetings with Surrey County Councillor Luke Bennett to discuss how best to mobilise Surrey Highways, A successful application for funds from Luke Bennett for the CRA to purchase 1x large (8-seater) picnic table for the Duck Pond on the High Road, 2x replacement sleeper benches for the benches on the meads opposite the White Hart which are now completely decrepit.
In addition, the CRA held the following events: Village Picnic - and although the weather was almost biblical this was well attended both by local residents and local groups. In conjunction with the CVPS a Bonfire for Chipstead Little People was again well attended at the Grove. Father Christmas came to Chipstead and handed out over 60 presents to children of the village. Welcome return of a village quiz night, with Fish and Chip supper. Plans are being finalised for the Platinum Jubilee Picnic on the Meads, Live 8-piece jazz/swing band, food stalls, beer tent, cakes stand, commemorative items for sale. Tickets for sale here As we move forward in 2022, the CRA’s priorities, as informed by the recent survey, will be focused on continuing to bring the village together through events, traffic calming projects and increasing membership.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the last 12 months - I look forward to working with you in the future. Lastly, I would like to thank Robert Collier for auditing the accounts.
Catherine Tulley - Chair
You can read the full minutes of the meeting by following this link - 2022 CRA AGM Minutes
You can additionally view the minutes from the 2021 AGM, here.
The CRA is managed by a Committee of up to 15 members who attend monthly meetings. Three ward councillors from the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, and one councillor from the Surrey County Council regularly attend these meetings. The Committee includes a number of professionals from disciplines such as town and country planning, highway planning, financial services, architecture and engineering, who are able to offer expert opinion. The committee is thus well structured to provide an effective voice on behalf of Chipstead when making representations to local authorities, utilities, transport operators, service providers, property developers and other organisations which operate locally.
In order to keep abreast of local developments and opinion, the CRA regularly invites representatives from local organisations such as the Police, local businesses, sports clubs and churches to the monthly meetings. This provides an excellent opportunity for these organisations to present their opinions, hear the views of the committee and agree appropriate action. The CRA also works closely with the Chipstead Village Preservation Society (CVPS), a registered charity, whose distinct yet complementary objectives are:
To protect, preserve and enhance for the benefit of the public generally, and especially for the inhabitants of Chipstead, land and buildings of beauty or historic interest and amenities (including the Peter Aubertin Hall) in, or in the vicinity of, Chipstead, and to promote such protection, preservation and enhancement.
The village is fortunate to have the CVPS which does have substantial funds available for providing vital financial support to many village organisations and valuable funding to preserve village infrastructure, so long as the purposes to which they are put are consistent with the CVPS's charitable status and purposes.
The CRA maintains a close relationship with the Surrey Police force. The Surrey Police regularly exchange security information with the CRA about crime in the neighbourhood, and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) attend some of the monthly CRA meetings. Security information received is disseminated to members via the confidential Emailing system.
The CRA also support the national Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and Neighbourhood Watch officers receive security information from the Surrey Police via Email and bulletins. The Surrey Police also organise regular 'beat panel' meetings in the PA Hall where residents are invited to meet the police and discuss security issues.
Good communication with Chipstead residents is an important part of village life. To achieve this aim, the CRA and CVPS have jointly developed this website to disseminate topical information and collect local opinion. The CRA has also set up a confidential Emailing system which is used to distribute monthly Newsletters to Chipstead residents. These Newsletters provide current news and information on village events, planning issues, security information, etc. Join the email distribution list for the newsletter here.
St Margaret's Church publishes a monthly magazine which includes many excellent articles of local interest. The 'Voice of Chipstead' is a quarterly magazine with topical articles and information on local businesses. The CVPS has erected notice boards at strategic points around the parish for use by village organisations.
The CRA was formed in 1945 as a non-political and non-sectarian organisation, with the following objectives stated in the published Rule Book:
The above rules provide the CRA with a unique mandate to represent villagers' views, made possible by virtue of the fact that the overwhelming majority of residents are members of the Association. The CRA is funded entirely by residents' annual subscriptions.
Major developments on adjacent land can have a significant and permanent impact on the quality of life in the village, and one of the most important CRA activities has been a vigorous involvement in all major public enquires directly affecting the village. In this regard, it is essential that the CRA be truly representative of the aspirations of all Chipstead residents, and is in a position to submit evidence to enquiries that cannot be easily dismissed as minority interest. The CRA therefore strongly encourages all Chipstead residents to become members, and perhaps offer time and skills towards the committee's valuable work.