Future development of the Centre: Story to date

  • Our charity , Northchurch and District Association (NDA), was set up to own and run the land and the building for the benefit of the local community. This community was defined as Northchurch and the Western part of Berkhamsted and the aim was to be a source of enrichment and enhancement which would promote holistic well–being including educational, health, social, moral and intellectual development. The Centre also serves a much wider community who travel from surrounding areas to attend the independent Clubs that hire out the Centre on a regular basis.
  • It’s aim is to be a catalyst for community spirit and charitable activity
  • The Centre was to be maintained though co-operation with “public authorities”, voluntary organisations and residents
  • The management committee, in seeking this wider co-operation, has sought discussions and a developing relationship with such bodies. This has led to a recognition that for the Centre to go into a realistic, productive and secure future , the best fit relationship would be with Northchurch Baptist Church, a fellow charity with a commitment to promoting charitable activity in the local and wider community.
  • Northchurch Baptist Church(NBC) is currently centred in Northchurch, with a significant number of active Northchurch and Western Berkhamsted. It’s activities are recognised as offering significant and wide ranging benefits for residents and users.
  • NBC has a vision for wider involvement in the local and wider community and has the human and physical resources to make this a realistic and exciting future.
  • Both the Management committee of the centre and the leadership of NBC need to grapple with a pressing need to address the deterioration of their respective premises.
  • Members of NBC are prepared to move into the role of leading the Management Committee, and see this as vital for the coming together of both Charities in an agreed working relationship which will guarantee the objectives of both parties.
  • The NDA management committee are there to guarantee that opportunities and activities on the site fulfill the stated holistic objectives of the charity.
  • The leaders of NBC need to guarantee that the integrity, identity and stated constitutional objectives of Northchurch Baptist Church are realised.
  • Both parties believe that we have reached a stage where these safeguards and guarantees are achievable

The future will involve decisions regarding:

  • Updating, with appropriate alterations, to the current Constitution of the NDA to make it “fit for purpose”
  • Whether to run as two charities in co-operation or a find a one charity solution
  • A potential change of Charitable status to a CIO status
  • A two site or one site development to provide a “state of the art” facility which will include the Northchurch Baptist Church premises and a Community Hub/Centre.
  • A growth in the activities and opportunities for the local and wider community

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