Bramcote Hills Community Association was founded in 1963 and its purpose is to make the Association’s area a place where people want to live. The Association is non-political and strives to achieve its purpose by being a formal umbrella organisation that facilitates many community activities and groups:
1. The Association takes a close interest in local planning in Bramcote. It facilitated the founding of Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum which has been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. It has a Planning Committee which has taken a keen interest in the White Hills Park Federation’s school development plans. It has supported the Bramcote Hills Open Space Protection Group’s public meetings over the golf course plans.
2. It gives financial support to the Hemlock Happening and members of the Association’s Committee serve on the Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group that plans the event.
3. It is supporting the development of the community café on Bramcote Hills Park.
4. It supports the Bramcote Care Group which is represented on the Association’s Committee.
5. Neighbourhood Watch is supported. I am the Co-ordinator for Bramcote Moor although there is a vacancy for a Co-ordinator for Bramcote Hills.
6. It runs a loan equipment service for Members who can borrow a variety of tools and garden items which are needed from time to time but which would stand unused for most of the time if you bought them.
7. It has organised a summer play scheme for Members children for over 35 years.
8. The Association organises social activities open to Members – A pub ramble, an Association annual dinner and a pantomime outing.
9. A newsletter is published 4 times a year to keep residents informed.
10. From time to time the Association makes donations to local sports and social clubs to help with equipment purchases or other needs.
It has become apparent that some of the Association’s activities are less well supported than in the past. Fewer Members are going to the annual dinner and pantomime. It is likely that this year’s summer play scheme will the last due to the retirement of the current leader.
However, other activities are growing in importance and support. The Association is at the heart of neighbourhood planning. The Association’s involvement in and support for the Hemlock Happening is increasing as council support is gradually withdrawn.
Looking to the future, the Association’s Committee and I would like to know what new activities or improvements to existing activities you would like Bramcote Hills Community Association to undertake or organise for its members and all residents of our area:
1. You can email me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. You can reply online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RZ9N7L6
3. Come and talk to me at the Hemlock Happening on 10 June. I’ll be in the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum tent.
Please let me have your contact details so I can follow up suggestions you make.
Steve Austin, Chair, Bramcote Hills Community Association. June 2017.