On 15th December, 1987, an initial meeting was held at the instigation of the Bevendean Residents Association, inviting representatives from all the existing Residents’ Associations within the area of Oxshott; hence the seeds of FEDORA were sown.
Appropriately, the Bevendean Chairman, James Shaw, subsequently became FEDORA’s first Chairman, a post which he held for the next five years as the organisation became established. In the early days, the dedicated members of the committee set the foundations for the organisation that today works so hard to improve and protect our local environment.
FEDORA was formed with the intention of coordinating an effective response to the continued and varied threats on the Oxshott area. This was to be achieved by bringing all the interested parties together to work and speak with one authoritative voice on matters that affected the whole community, or to assist the
individual Residents’ Associations on their own specific problems.
It was not the first organisation in the area to be formed with this intention, but so far, it has been the most successful in terms of the range of subjects it covers and its continued professional approach to them. Previously there had been groups set up to fight specific threats to our environment, but the true predecessor to FEDORA was The Oxshott Preservation Society, which was active in the 1950’s and 60’s. That group was probably initiated as a result of the impending threat from the post-war proposal to construct the Esher Bypass, which originally had been planned to cut across Oxshott Heath, but eventually was built slightly further north in the 1970’s.
The first meeting of the new organisation was held on 29th March 1988.
Notable Events, 1988 - 2021
|March||1988||Founded as the Federation of Residents Associations of Oxshott (FEAR for Oxshott).|
|April||1988||The name was changed to Federation of Oxshott Residents Associations (FEDORA).|
|May||1988||A Constitution was adopted setting out the aims and objectives of the Organisation.|
|Sept||1988||The first FEDORA Newsletter was published.|
|May||1989||The first major crisis was a threat to change Princes Coverts into a major sporting complex.|
|Sept||1989||On the 20th of the month the first AGM was held.|
|Jan||1990||FEDORA is now a recognised organisation which represents the views of Oxshott residents and has regular contact with all local adjacent Residents Associations, as well as Elmbridge B.C., the Police, Surrey CC, British Rail, Crown Estates and of course the local councillors, Elmbridge and Surrey as well as the local M.P.. FEDORA is also a member of "Evergreen" (Elmbridge Green Belt & Urban Open Space Association).|
|April||1990||Membership fee stays at £2 per individual. Residents Association fee raised from £25 to £35.|
|Oct||1991||The Elmbridge Local Plan was under review. An Oxshott bypass seemed to be on the agenda again. More helpers were requested to join the management team.|
|April||1992||The main areas of focus for the committee to monitor were established as: Building Developments; Roads/Traffic; Village Environment; Policing; and Railways.|
|June||1993||New-style newsletter published (glossy booklet style) with adverts, Graham Clarke took over as Chairman.|
|April||1994||Name revised to Federation of Oxshott Residents and Associations. Introduction of two public meetings a year, one being the AGM, the other being an open meeting for important issues with guest speakers.|
|June||1995||The start of publishing three newsletters a year. The traffic-calming ‘Gateways’ and ‘Village Green’ actions completed, both with considerable input from FEDORA.|
|June||1996||FEDORA negotiating with Elmbridge Council on the ‘Elmbridge Local Plan’ update. The book ‘The History of Oxshott’, initiated by FEDORA, is nearing completion and publication.|
|March||2001||Started using colour for the FEDORA magazine and first website built.|
|May||2019||New Management Team begins to run FEDORA, led by Anthony Wolfe & Carmen Robinson|
|December||2020||FEDORA incorporated as a non-profit limited-liability Community-Interest company - "FEDORA - The Voice for Oxshott CIC".|