Bulphan Village Community Forum Claimed

Giving the village a voice

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.



Q Who can get involved with Bulphan Village Community Forum?

Anyone who lives or works in Bulphan can be part of the Community Forum

Q How often do you meet?

We run a Community Cafe at Bulphan Village Hall on Thursday and Friday afternoons, all through the year, between 1.30 and 4.30pm, so you can meet up with some committee members and some other members there over a cup of tea. But our formal Open Meetings are held every 2 months from 7.30 - 9pm on a Thursday, in the village hall.

Q Do you run any events?

We usually run Easter Antics on Bank Holiday Monday: the cafe is open and there is a free egg hunt for under 10's. The Easter bunny loves handing out the chocolate Easter eggs. We usually run a Chuck-the-Chicken or similar competition for those not young enough for the egg hunt.
On Christmas Eve, in conjunction with Mardyke Valley Rotary Club, we host the Father Christmas Sleigh Tour. After Christmas carols and jolly songs at the hall, those attending follow Father Christmas in his sleigh round the village. Collections are made for local charities. Everyone celebrates at the hall afterwards with hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies and chocolate muffins. For many people, it's the start of Christmas.
On New Year's Eve, we arrange a low-key get together on New Year's Eve, for those who would like to see the New Year in with some company. With the hall adorned with Christmas decorations, appropriate music, snacks, nibbles and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), we play old-fashioned party games, count down at midnight, sing Auld Lang Syne and share a bottle or 2 of bubbly as we toast the New Year and watch fireworks out of the big windows.
We have themed seasonal afternoons at the cafe, and work with Thurrock 100 on walks; we collaborated with Bulphan Women's Institute at Equaliteas, we run an annual Jo Cox event; the council often use our cafe sessions or Open Meetings for consultation events. We host the councillors' surgeries, and the cafe also hosts the Outreach Post Office service.
Our sub-committee, Bulphan in Bloom, holds tidy-up days, planting days and litter-picks, and the whole Forum gets involved in the Great British Spring Clean each year.