Wimbledon Community Association
founded in 1946 by a local group headed by Sir Cyril Black MP with the
aim to promote the well-being of the broad community based around
Wimbledon, to further cultural, social and physical welfare, and to
foster a spirit of mutual service and friendship.
independent registered charity, it is non-party political, non-sectarian
and non-discriminatory on any social grounds.
Recently, about 100 groups used the Community Centre annually. These
covered a multitude of self-help, leisure, educational, health,
consultancy and sporting enterprises embracing all age groups and all
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
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 announced).
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 operating.
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.