The History of “The Mytchett Centre”:
The Association was formed in 1976 to raise funds to assist the Borough and County Councils build a Community Centre in the village of Mytchett.
Between 1979 and erection of the Community Centre in 1987, the Association was faced with a requirement to raise £20,000 before the Borough and County Councils would fund the erection of the building. The requirement was achieved despite the lack of a building from which to operate and generate income before 1987.
Between 1987 and today, the Association has conducted a balancing act between keeping the residents within earshot of the Centre happy, whilst encouraging the users of the Centre to enjoy their recreation in an environmentally friendly manner.
The founding members were expressing a public desire for a purpose-built building to enable residents to meet within walking distance of their homes. Only local primary schools and church facilities with limited scope had been available previously.
The vision of the founding members and the support of the Borough and County Councils (primarily capital investment) have proved well-founded as the Community Association and the Community Centre have thrived over the years.
The Association’s (i.e. the volunteers) major contribution is the sound financial and public-focused management of the Centre and playing fields. The management policy is governed by meeting local community needs and satisfying the users. The Association has never made an operating loss during its existence and the general public and Authorities have great respect for their achievements. Whilst the Association is indebted to Surrey Heath Borough Council for occasional capital grants and a very low rent, it has managed to cover running costs averaging £250,000 per year lately. The Association donates the use of the halls to the Borough Council for 3 weeks every year for a Summer Holiday Play scheme. The Association has routinely donated its services to other deserving charities when this could be done using spare capacity, e.g. vacant halls.
The well-maintained grounds including two football pitches have always presented an attractive sight from the main B3411 road. The large car parks ensure that local residents are not disturbed by the numerous visitors. The building is welcoming to visitors. Nobody is ever turned away. The full time paid staffs make the building available to all comers 364 days a year. The Family Room is open to anyone to rest, and the elderly regularly pass their daytime here. Other halls and facilities are hired out to diverse groups at a utilization rate exceeding 75%. Currently the Centre hosts 56 regular user groups numbering from 10 to 100 each, and covering ages 3 to Senior Citizens. The main hall is a popular venue for all sorts of family celebration and public entertainment. The car parks holding 185 cars are full on many weekday evenings and usually all weekend.
The Social Club:
The Social Club occupies a small area within the centre but has the availability of three rooms running off the social club area.
Social club membership is restricted to members and guests who must be over 18, young adults can apply for membership but they must have a parent that is a full member.
Members are encouraged to supervise their children in the adjacent “John West” family room which has been furnished for comfort and relaxation.
The Bar provides a selection of beers including real ale, wines and spirits, a third room is used for Pool.
During the day the “John West” family room is used as a meeting place for various groups within the community, WI, Senior Citizens.
The profits of the social club are used in maintaining and supporting the Mytchett Community Association. Charity No.: 288035
A committee is elected yearly to run the social club for the benefit of the members, It consists of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and not less than six and not more than fourteen committee members. The committee meet every month on the second Monday with elections taking place each year at the AGM.