Membership of the Bishopscourt Village Residents’ Association (BVRA) is open to homeowners and residents of the Village. The BVRA Committee manages the collective interests of members as mandated by the Constitution.
The BVRA was constituted on 22nd September 2003, with its original focus being on security and the implementation of a Bicycle Patrol scheme. This focus expanded to include rehabilitation of an alien-infested section of the Liesbeek where the overgrown river bank had become a security concern. Committee member Dr Joan Parker was the driving force behind the “River Project”, the result of which is the Upper Liesbeek River Garden. These two initiatives led to a significant decrease in crime, an increase in community spirit and a general feeling of living in a safer ‘village’ environment.
Other community initiatives include: a Coffee Brigade of volunteers to provide refreshments to the Bicycle Patrol officer on night duty; an annual Village party which is open to all BV residents; and the facilitation of Halloween “trick or treat” activities in an attempt to minimise disruptive behaviour and allow even the youngest participants to have a good time in a safe environment.
All BVRA members receive a monthly newsletter via email which includes crime stats and any relevant Village and civic matters. Participants of the BVRA Security schemes will also receive crime or security alerts on an ad hoc basis.
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