Coulsdon Community Centre AGM
27/10/2015 22:38:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Great to be able to attend the Coulsdon Community Centre AGM this evening.
After diverging from Croydon Council they had a few difficult years with substantial works being required for the building. But under the excellent management of Richard Lloyd and Janice Pratley the centre is doing very well - it's booked up almost permanently and is using the proceeds to slowly renovate the aged building.
It's a great facility that's been a part of the Coulsdon Community for 80 years - in fact it will shortly be celebrating that special anniversary and I hope to be able to attend to meet some of its earliest users.
Richard's report from the AGM is below, and shows how with the right management any community service can be turned around:
'Chairman’s Report to the Annual General Meeting, 27th October 2015
I’m pleased to report another successful year for the Centre. We have further improved our usage over the past 12 months. Once again, we’ve added several new groups, and several existing user groups have added extra sessions. As a result we realised a healthy surplus in excess of £20,000 in the year to 31 March 2015.
This income has allowed us to invest in a wide range of further improvements to the fabric and facilities of the building. These include more new fire doors, the complete redecoration of the foyer, redecoration of the main hall ceiling, and plans to start a phased refurbishment of the kitchen over the Christmas 2015 break. We’re also looking to add a kitchenette to the Shutter Suite, and reflooring and redecorating that upper hall before the year end. We have installed an easy-to-use new ‘plug-and-play’ sound system for hirers of the main hall who require music. And we’re now considering costings for resurfacing the rear car park. Not only that, but we created a new and much-improved CCC website too.
After many lean years establishing our new independent operating model (since leaving the council’s direct control), it’s rewarding to be able to report such a strong position. The downside is that - allowing time for changeovers between sessions, cleaning and maintenance - we are nearing capacity: certainly in use of the main hall. Which means our room for further expansion is becoming limited, although we do still have slots to fill.
In terms of maintenance, the Centre was re-roofed in October/ November 2014, and this has solved the penetration of water into the main hall following condensation in the roof space. One year on, it remains to be seen if the new roof has helped alleviate damp penetrating other parts of the building, notably in the first floor elevations. We are also due to re-lay a small area of woodblock flooring in the main hall, that was damaged by damp.
Thanks once again to Janice, our administrator, who continues to do an excellent job in keeping the place running smoothly. We have just transferred our bank accounts to Santander, allowing the Centre to make electronic payments for the first time (rather than issuing cheques). We expect this to help speed up our processes.
The general committee of the Association is functioning well, with a good contribution from all members of the committee.
In short, all is currently progressing well, and we’re in good shape financially and in terms of usage. We have ambitious plans for further improvements to make the Community Centre as good as it can possibly be as a venue and resource for all our users, and for the community as a whole.
Richard Lloyd. Chairman. 27th October 2015'