How to join us
Register using our online membership portal here. We’ll review your application and get in touch to let you know the next steps.
Annual subscription is just £3 and once you have paid, we will keep you informed of what is happening in our area by delivering The Bush Telegraph to your door every quarter. You will also receive a membership card which entitles you to attractive discounts from local shops and businesses in Leytonstone.
Benefits of BARA membership
Quarterly newsletter 'The Bush Telegraph'
Exclusive invitations to local events
News of your area about things that affect you
Access to facebook page
Rental of Garden Tables and Gazebos for your parties
Purchase of individual visitor parking permits
Chance to meet your neighbours
Sense of community
Membership of local history society
Have your views represented
HOW BARA CAME ABOUT
Up until the late '70s, there were no barriers across Bushwood or Mornington Roads and traffic, including heavy lorries, used these two roads, together with Lister Road, as a 'rat run' to escape from the High Road to the Green Man roundabout. As an experiment the Council put in two temporary barriers. After a while, however, they deemed the barriers unnecessary and planned to remove them.
Residents in Bushwood and Lister decided to mount a protest and they came to all the houses in the area inviting people to a meeting one weekend at the Bushwood barrier. Such a large number turned up that the owners of 14 Bushwood invited the meeting to move into their loft room. Here it was decide that the local residents would leaflet the Council, attend Council meetings and pressurise them to keep the barriers.
The residents won! However it had not been easy to get a group of people together and so it was decide that, since a group now existed, it should be formed into a proper Residents Association so that, should another problem arise, there would be a band of people ready to deal with it - this Association became BARA.