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Cobham & Downside Residents' Association

Welcome to our website. Below is some news about the CDRA and about local matters. Visit our News page for further current and recent items that may be of interest to you. 


Important Surrey County Council Consultations

With a need to make a further £85 million savings Surrey County Counil are consulting on changes to a range of their services:

-  Community Recycling Centres
-  Children's Centres
-  Libraries and Cultural Services
-  Concessionary Bus Travel
-  Special Educational Needs

Visit surreycc.gov.uk/consultations to find out about the proposals and give your views. The closing date for comments is 4th January 2019.


CDRA Committee News

We are pleased to welcome six new CDRA committee members.The new volunteers are Susan Brown, Vanessa Brown, Dilip Mathew, Sumi Sarma, Denise Stanczyk and Steve Wood. They are aleady starting to get involved in the work of the association, paricularly in planning issues and marketing and publicity. There's still room for more so get in touch if you're interested.


Sue receiving Lonserving Volunteer Award

CDRA Chairman, Mrs Sue Kilpatrick OBE, at the Elmbridge Borough Council Volunteer Awards ceremony. The presentations are held every two years and community organisations nominate people for a Long Service Award for their voluntary work. The CDRA Committee nominated Sue to show our appreciation of her long-term voluntary work for the local community and especially her contribution to the work of the CDRA. This was not competitive - there’s no ‘winner’ or prize. Those who were nominated received their certificates from the Elmbridge Mayor at the ceremony on 19th October. 



The CDRA Needs You!

The following email/letter was sent to our members from CDRA Chairman Sue Kilpatrick in May 2018. Following this, several thousand flyers asking for local people to get actively involved were delivered to homes in our area during June. We are pleased to tell you that we have had an encouraging response to the flyer.  Several people have got in touch with us expressing an interest and we have arranged a get together on August 16th to discuss their possible future involvement with those who are free to attend on that day. 

Dear CDRA Member

I am writing to let you know that I will not be seeking re-election as Chairman and Committee Member of the CDRA at the AGM in 2019.  Sandy Brook, our hard-working Secretary, will be retiring at the same time and she will be very greatly missed.

The CDRA started in the early 1950s.   It has been and still is a voluntary organisation which has sought the best for Cobham residents, not only on planning matters but also environment, infrastructure, highways, medical services, liaison with the police and many other facets of life in our area.  Its achievements over the years have been considerable.  Our relationships with both Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council are ones which, in our view, have benefited all of us.

I have been on the CDRA Committee since 1991, for the majority of that time as your Chairman and I have thoroughly enjoyed the role.   However, I believe the time has come for me to retire and hand over the reins.

The Association needs not only to maintain its membership but to increase it and to have Committee Members who are able and willing to play an active part.   WE NEED TO FIND A NEW CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY AND MORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WITH THE ENTHUSIASM AND TIME TO WORK WITH COUNCILS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO ACHIEVE THE VERY BEST ON BEHALF OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.  Currently, some of us are taking on more than one role.  For example, I look after Planning and Sandy looks after the website and part of the Newsletter.  There are people with very varied skills amongst local residents and we would like to tap into them.  It might be PR, it might be IT, or it might be the art of negotiation – the list is endless!  

Sandy and I want to retire, knowing that we are leaving the Association in good hands and with a good and thriving future.

We are in the process of drafting a leaflet for distribution to residents of Cobham & Downside, asking those who are interested in taking an active part to get in touch with us.

I am grateful for all the time and effort devoted to the CDRA by present and past Committee Members and all of us will continue to do our best during the coming year to ensure that the Association thrives.  However, by giving you this information now, we hope those who feel they can contribute will come forward as soon as possible.  We need volunteers now in order to prepare in good time for the future

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Kilpatrick OBE
Chairman, Cobham and Downside Residents’ Association