About White Hill Centre

White Hill Centre
  • Provides facilities for recreation, leisure and education for the benefit of Chesham and the neighbouring areas.

  • Policy is to offer use of premises at very competitive rates with commitment to continue doing so as part of its service to the community.

  • Is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO - CC Reg No.1168816)

  • Founded in 1976 – prime movers Derek Goddard, Cic and Derek Upcott

  • Based in White Hill School - an iconic Victorian School Building (C1890)

  • Since 1981 has owned the freehold of White Hill School and grounds.

  • Managed by unpaid Trustees and Volunteers, supported by a small team of paid staff

  • Is independent and self-supporting, receiving no regular funding from local authority or government funds

  • Regularly used by over 60 groups, clubs and societies, as well as businesses and charities

  • Has a membership of nearly 500 people

  • In a typical week, over 1000 individuals use the facilities

  • Income is from room rentals, commercial rents, centre activities, membership fees and donations. Fund-raising events are run throughout the year to supplement income

  • Annual outgoings are in the region of £100k and the Centre traditionally runs at a surplus.

  • For long-term survival of our Victorian Building we need to raise £50k pa over the next few years from sources other than our operating income.

  • The Centre is a two-storey building with a lift to the first floor

  • Rooms are available for hire that will accommodate between 12 and 150 people with kitchen and bar facilities.

  • There is disabled access throughout building and facilities for the hard of hearing

  • Provision of accommodation to locally based community organisations.

  • Activities at the Centre have evolved over the years to meet the needs and choices of the local community.

  • Current groups include:

  • Education: a pre-school, support for school-age children; language: classes in foreign languages as well as ‘English as a Second Language’ [ESOL], WEA groups, GCSE and 11+ revision

  • A dance school for ages range 3-18 years

  • Bowls for the visually impaired

  • Fitness training for a range of abilities including older people

  • Hobbies and crafts

  • Various vocal and instrumental groups