New leader needed for WADCA

January 03 2020
New leader needed for WADCA

THE group which runs one of Winterbourne's most vital community assets is looking for a new chairman.

Winterbourne and District Community Association, better known as WADCA, runs the community centre in Watleys End Road where events, activities and group meetings are held throughout the year.

The role requires only five to eight hours a week of someone’s time and is voluntary, with a focus on building community spirit.

Any training needed will be provided and the outgoing chair, Mavis Campbell, is happy to be shadowed over the next few months, before she steps down in March, to ensure a smooth transition.

The chair is the ‘face’ of WADCA, managing a small team of staff and volunteers, as well as the day-to-day running of the community centre. They need to be able to understand budgets, get on well with people, live locally, and be reasonably flexible about when they can be at the centre.

Part of the role involves liaising with community groups who use the centre for events, such as the Winterbourne Medieval Barn, which moved its apple day (pictured above) there last year whilst its renovation project was underway, and Winterbourne Musical Theatre, which stages performances there.

The community centre has groups and activities for all ages: for those who are feeling energetic there are keep fit classes, badminton, dancing, karate, short mat bowls, and Zumba. Amongst the quieter sessions on offer is a Wellbeing group for those with memory issues, Scrabble club, and drama. There is a badminton hall and skittle alley for private hire and the alley can take groups of up to 40 people.

The main hall has a stage which can be hired between Friday night and Sunday and it is also used for business meetings or larger weekend clubs. Lunches are available on Wednesdays and there are regular coffee mornings.

The centre's recently-renewed toilets were funded by a donation from lottery winners Shirley and Denis Banfield. To make the centre more accessible to people with dementia, the main corridor has been decorated as a ‘memory walk’ leading to an enclosed garden, providing a safe environment.

Anyone who is interested in becoming the new chairman should contact Mavis for an informal chat by email at maveandrich@talktalk.net.

WADCA can also be contacted by phone on 01454 776268 or email at ca.winterbourne@gmail.com. More information about activities is available on the WADCA website.