The LRA exist for the benefit of all Laleham residents. To protect the beauty and integrity of Laleham and to safeguard community interests.
There has been a “Laleham Society” running charitable and sociable events in the village since the 1940’s. In 1970, Laleham was designated a “Conservation Area” and a few years later the society was re-energised as “The Laleham Residents Association”, with a mission to preserve the beauty and integrity of this historic village. To support local charities and to represent its residents.
We are a registered charity staffed entirely by volunteers. We survive only on the money we raise from memberships, from donations and from events. With this money we fund the summer hanging baskets throughout the village, organise Christmas lights, fund improvements to the common areas and plant and maintain the war memorial. If we have any surplus funds at the end of the year, we can donate to other, local charities.
The LRA are dedicated to building community by organising affordable and fun, social events for all of our residents! We run the Laleham Garden Open Day and the Laleham Village Fair, the Village Quiz and various other events. In 2013 we and produced the first Pantomime in the Laleham Village Hall for decades. Written and Performed by local people “Jack and the Upside Down Stalk!” was a terrific success and put the annual Laleham Pantomime on the map! In the years that followed, this “start-up” has grown into a separate entity – “The Laleham Players” who hope to take to the Laleham Village Hall stage at least once a year.
There are many clubs and interest groups in the area! There are a surprising number of opportunities to get out among your neighbours and make friends. There are a plethora of societies and hobby groups in the area – everything from photography and wild life conservation to the W.I. There are two, action packed U3A groups and various clubs and associations meet at Laleham Village Hall, (as seen in the Outer Hebrides in “Call the Midwife”!).
All Saints Church is a centre of social activity for many. Parts of the Church building date back over 800 years and there are architectural elements from many periods in history. The churchyard contains many memorials to well-known people, such as Matthew Arnold, the poet and the 3rd Earl of Lucan who passed the order for the Charge of the Light Brigade!
Of course our beautiful riverside location also affords many opportunities for leisure. You can jog along the towpath or join one of many groups who use the Laleham Park – or get onto the water with Burway Rowing Club, Surrey Canoe Club and Staines Sailing Club. You will find contact details on these pages and notices of special events are emailed to members.
Above all we want everyone in the village to feel “connected” and to enjoy living in Laleham. One of our primary aims is to be an information hub, keeping you up to date with local events and issues. We want people to feel connected and motivated to be part of a community.
Please take this opportunity to join the LRA
As a member of the Laleham Residents Association, you will receive email updates on events in the community. You will have the opportunity to contact us if you have concerns about the village or information which you would like to share with others.
Of course there are areas where we have work to do…
The LRA are here to support residents with issues such as green belt development and traffic. We meet with and pursue the relevant authorities, councils, police, and industrialists and attempt to resolve issues and maintain quality of life in Laleham. A few of the issues we are currently working on can be found here