9 November 2015
Annual General Meeting
30th November 2015
This is to formally announce that the Wimbledon Community
Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7pm on 30
November 2015 at
The Mansel Road Centre
London SW19 4AA
Further to our previous statements on this site this will be
an opportunity to see our new
branded website aimed at providing more information on community facilities
in Wimbledon and the surrounding area at the AGM.
Further details will follow to former users / members and
other organisations with whom we have been engaged.
At last year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September 2014 the Trustees
of the Wimbledon Community Association (WCA) reported that we were looking
at some new ways forward for the organisation following the closure of the
old centre in St Georges Road and the subsequent disposal of our interest
in the site to Merton Council.
This article / newsletter provides a brief update on latest developments.
We set out our latest plans below under five broad headings: Website Update
/ Physical Premises / Finance & Operations / Governance /
Communications and Contact.
As announced at the AGM the Trustees of the WCA have been investigating
further the idea of developing a more comprehensive website which provides:
• More information on community space and facilities offered by other
• Opportunities for former users / members to get access to that
information and other services / events which might be of interest.
Following discussions with a wide range of organisations who offer
community space in Wimbledon and the wider area we will be inviting those
organisations and others to supply information on their centres to the WCA
so that they may be able to promote their venues.
We have also been in discussion with Merton Council who have recently been
updating their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System and in due
course we hope to link up with their system to provide on-line booking and
payment facilities to interested organisations.
In the meantime we would, in due course, also like to set aside an area on
the website for former members / users of the old centre and other
community organisations to promote their services.
We have been seeking advice from Merton Volunteer Service Council (MVSC)
and others on the branding and development of the site and have been moving
forward with commissioning the work on the new site. The intention is to
have the new website up and running late in the year and we will be giving
a report on our progress at our next AGM later in the year (date to be
We would like to continue the engagement that we have had to date with the
various organisations that we have been working with and propose to contact
those relevant organisations separately following this newsletter.
As reported at the 2014 AGM the Trustees continue to look for opportunities
to invest the resources it has into new physical premises and have entered
discussions with various organisations. We also participated in discussions
for an Arts Council bid by Merton Council for its proposals for Wimbledon
The Trustees are aware that the resources that we have may need to be
supplemented by funding and / or assets from a partner organisation or
organisations. Given the timescales for any development proposals the
application of the resources need to be properly evaluated. At this stage
no firm commitments have been made with any organisation and we continue to
welcome any groups based in or around Wimbledon who wish to engage with us
on any future partnering opportunities.
Finance and Operations
The WCA has, to date, maintained the funds from the sale of its interest in
St Georges Road in secure accounts pending decisions on its future
direction, although at the current time this generates little interest.
Trustees have made the decision to use a small amount of the resources to
invest in the new website.
The WCA has also decided to invest a significant proportion of the
resources in an investment account with the CCLA (which derives its name
from serving Church, Charities and Local Authorities). This is expected to
achieve a better return on our investment.
We have considered our charitable obligations and a number of options and
believe that there will be enough additional money generated for the
investment of the funds to support some paid administrative support
including the maintenance of the new website. We plan to recruit the new
member of staff later on in the year.
In the short term we will be making available our new website free to use
for most types of not-for-profit community organisations. There will be a
charge for other organisations. In due course we will be looking to charge
for different types of service to cover our costs – especially should we
expand into providing on-line booking and payment services.
Since September 2013 the WCA Board of Trustees has been operating with four
trustees and a Secretary, all of whom are unpaid. We have a formal Trustee
meeting every month. After over 20 years of service on the WCA, Stephen
Ashcroft announced at the last AGM that he would be standing down at the
end of March 2015.
Stephen has now stood down and the WCA Board wish to put on record our thanks
to him for his considerable time and contributions to the WCA over that
The Board is continuing to operate at present with three trustees but we
are investigating options for adding to our Board, in particular people
with a local interest and experience in the core areas in which we are
Membership of the WCA continues to be open to eligible organisations /
individuals and a copy of our membership policy is available on request.
Communications and Contact
We have started communicating with the various organisations with which we
have had contact and will be in touch with other former users / members
enclosing a copy of this update and seeking feedback.
In the meantime should anyone wish to contact us please feel free to email
the Chair of Trustees, David Hall, at email@example.com or
write to our administrative address which continues to be c/o 66 Kings Road
Wimbledon, SW19 8QW. We expect to provide further updates in due course.