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The Association was founded in 1962 with aims to build and provide a Community Centre and providing for the education, leisure and social welfare of people in the local area. The local area is broadly defined as the parishes of Wooburn and Bourne End, Hedsor and parts of Little Marlow. The Association consists entirely of volunteers and has many of its own special interest sections in addition to many links into the wider community through statutory bodies and affiliated organisations. It is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 300236).

After five years of fund raising effort, Bourne End Community Centre opened in 1967. The Centre is situated in the heart of Bourne End near the Library and the Day Centre and in front of the main car park for the village and nearby shopping area of the Parade. The Association continues to be responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Community Centre. The Centre is open seven days a week from early morning until late at night. The Office is usually manned from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. Although the Community Centre is professionally run with paid staff (Centre Manager and Assistant, cleaning staff, Bar Manager and staff), the Association is self-supporting and receives no funding from local authorities or other organisations towards its operating costs.

The Community Association produces "Target" magazine which has been distributed free to households in the village every 2 months for over 40 years.

The Community Centre

induction hearing loop logoThe Community Centre building has benefited from regular upgrading and improvement, is double glazed throughout and offers a wide range of facilities and services including the fully licensed Centre Bar. Surrounded by wide pathways for wheelchair access the Centre is accessible by everyone. The May Woollerton Hall and Eghams Room are both fitted with induction loop hearing system.

 



disabled logoThe spacious halls include their own catering facilities and are ideal for celebration events, parties or even formal dinners. The modern facilities also support shows and concerts – with modern backstage equipment and computerised lighting and sound systems. The Centre can accommodate a range of different sized groups from meetings of only a few people such as a small club committee to large societies and public meetings. Flexible seating arrangements allow for the rooms to be set out for meetings in the manner organisers think most appropriate.

Every day people enjoy the wide range of activities provided through the Centre. The Centre is used by all ages from pre-school to Senior Citizens. From badminton to bowls, keep fit classes and aerobics to drama, singing and dancing. There are coffee mornings, luncheons, lectures and talks as well as rehearsals for shows – and of course the shows themselves.

 

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