Bulphan Village Community Forums is an independent community organisation, part of a group of 15 active Community Forums covering a number of communities in Thurrock. One of the real advantages of having a forum is that local people can have a say on issues or decisions that affect Bulphan.
Membership includes individual residents as well as other local community groups, local businesses, local service providers such as doctors, schools, police etc all working together to improve Bulphan.
We link with Thurrock Council and others such as the police and health. As an independent community group, we are able to apply for funding and use the money to carry out local projects.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulphan Village Community Forum set up its own volunteer scheme to support anyone in need, wherever they live in Bulphan. There are 13 local volunteers and cards were delivered to every single house, giving details of how to contact your own volunteer, what they can do to help you (shopping, deliver prescriptions and collect medication, offer telephone support) and listing some useful helplines.
We keep an eye on planning applications and other issues which will have an impact on Bulphan; we support the Speedwatch scheme in Bulphan, Orsett and Horndon-on-the-Hill, the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and Laura, our Neighbourhood Police Officer sends reports to our meetings and pops into the cafe now and then. Our 3 villages work together on many matters, co-ordinated by the 3 Forum chairs.
Bulphan Forum responds to “public demand” in Bulphan, leading the community in acquiring a defibrillator at the village hall, and also initially driving forward the provision of a shop in Bulphan. We are proactive, but also responsive to local need. We are acutely aware of rural isolation issues, and the existence of rural deprivation in Bulphan: rarely financial deprivation, but deprivation of services. We have a “can-do” ethos, and a good relationship with our councillors and with Thurrock Council itself.