History

History

Bookham Youth (& Community) Centre has been a resource in the village of Bookham since the 1960’s. Many people who grew up in the area have memories of benefiting from the activities at the centre as a teenager. Maybe you are one of them?

Surrey County Council singled out the Youth Centre for closure in 2006 as part of a major cost saving exercise. A village group, including representatives from Bookham Residents Association, St Nicolas Church, Local Councillors and users of the centre, was set up with the aim of taking the Centre into local ownership. From this emerged a charitable company, the Bookham Youth and Community Association Limited.

Progress & achievements

Since 2008, the Centre has been managed by volunteers from across the community. In 2013 a lease to 2019 was agreed, with SCC on the basis that they will explore the provision of new or improved facilities to meet the long term future needs of the young people of the Bookhams and surrounding area. The existing building is old and has a finite life without significant expenditure. These discussions remain “ongoing” at the start of 2018.

With the help of volunteers from the community and local businesses, the Centre’s facilities have been greatly improved from the sorry state to which it had been allowed to decline. Funds have been provided by charities, local people, businesses and organisation. Income earned from hirings has been reinvested into the improvement and daily running of the Centre. A small reserve has been built up and is held as a contingency fund.

Use of Centre

The aim of the Centre is primarily to cater for the young people of Bookham.

A Youth Club (Bookham Youth Project) is run twice a week. Disability Youth Challengers and Barnardos run Clubs on the other nights. The Sports Hall is used by fitness groups and by the young people attending the variety of Clubs held at the Centre.

It is extensively used by all sorts of groups as well as catering for kiddies’ parties and larger functions. The sound proof band room is popular & well utilised.

During term time the Centre is used as a pre- school by Smarty Pants who are now in their 16th year at the Centre.

Management – Volunteering - Donations

The Centre is run by a Management Committee which is overseen by Trustees of the charity. We are always looking for “new blood” and work on the basis that people only do what they can and the more people we have the more the load is spread.

The volunteer Management group need as much help as possible so if there is time or support you can offer however small please get in touch.

Fund raising is always a challenge and help with this and the general upkeep of the Centre & its surrounds will be greatly appreciated. Please get involved if you can.

Those who wish to donate funds can do so - every bit counts !

This is our centre, run by local people for our community and deserves support.



Updated January 2018