Addlestone Community Association
2005 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND TRUSTEES
Photograph taken at the Official Opening of the New Community Centre on December 8th 2005.
Standing, from left: Ted Percey, Bob Edney, Malcolm Smith, Brian Bowles, Albert Kitchenside, Brian Harmer,
Edwin Genet, Dave Strike, Harold Gribble
(deceased March 2008), Vic Gale, Ron McKay (deceased February 2009), Norman McKay and Mike West.
Seated, from left: Mrs Shelagh McKay, Mrs Eve Cross, Mrs Pamela Gaskin, Mrs Monica Kitchenside and Mrs Jean Edney.
(Photograph by courtesy of John Cox, Chertsey Camera Club, a section of the Association.)
The Addlestone Community Association (ACA) was formed in 1948 and is a Registered Charity, No. 304962. The Community Centre in Station Road was funded by ACA sponsored events, donations and bequests and was opened in 1968 on Council land, with a ‘peppercorn’ rent. It was replaced by a new Centre, owned and maintained by the ACA, in Garfield Road in September 2005.
The Association is managed entirely by volunteers and is administered by a General Committee, which elects an Executive Committee to run the Centre and manage the affairs of the association on a day to day basis. It is also responsible for planning the maintenance of the Community Centre, obtaining estimates for any necessary work, and overseeing the running of the sections and giving advice as required. The Executive reports back to the General Committee at meetings, which occur quarterly.
The regular activities of the Association are organised by two Committees, Entertainments and Summer Fair, together with the nine sections. Additionally there are about twenty local groups that are affiliated to the Association. The interests of the sections range from Keep Fit to Stamp Collecting and they meet at the Centre on various days of the week.
The sections in their turn report to both the Executive and the General Committees on their affairs. They support the running of the Centre with a financial contribution each year. Each section raises the monies for their contribution in many different ways, including subscriptions for section membership, raffles, dances, shows, etc. Other funds come from public hire of the halls, public entertainment, Addlestone Arts Festival, 200 Club and Grant Aid, which has to be applied for each year, from the Runnymede Borough Council.
All members of the Executive and the General Committee are volunteers, as are members of the committees and the officers of the sections, and spend a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that the Association runs smoothly.
The 200 Club is a monthly competition run by the ACA for its members and as a support to its fund raising activities. It has a monthly prize draw of a first prize and three second prizes. These depend on the total membership subscription of the Club, being 25% and 8% of the monthly subscriptions respectively. The prizes are currently about £20 and £6.40. There is an annual Christmas Bonus prize of £75. The cost is £1.00 per month and this can be paid either monthly, quarterly, six-monthly or annually. For the organisers assistance it would be preferable if a bankers order could be used for the quarterly, six-monthly or annual payments. If anyone is interested they should contact the 200 Club Organiser Mr A W Kitchenside on 01932 562281 or by letter addressed c/o The ACA Community Centre Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ.
As well as activities at the Centre, the Entertainments Committee organise an annual programme of coach trips and short breaks for members of the Association.
As a member of the Association you are able to participate in all these activities and would be welcome to stand for election to the committees. New blood and fresh ideas are always sought to ensure that the Association can continue to fulfill its objective of providing a service to all members of our local community.
A bi–monthly news magazine "The Addlestonian" is published and distributed to members.
Further general information on membership of the Association and activities of the various sections is given in the following pages, further details on individual sections can be obtained from their secretaries. It is a condition of membership that members of sections must be members of the Association.