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About us

How we started...


To many people, Woking is a commuter town set in Surrey’s stockbroker belt. Few realise that it also has the largest and most varied ethnic population in the county and a large percentage of this population lives in one ward – Canalside (formerly Central and Maybury). This area of Woking surrounds the town centre.

In 1987, various community groups came together under the umbrella of Central and Maybury Community Association (CAMCA) to campaign for a community centre. A survey of local residents' needs clearly showed that the population lacked a focal point for community activities. Woking Community Relations Forum as well as the local borough council, health, education, social services, police, and other statutory/voluntary services, gave further support to the campaign.

Woking Borough Council then formally recognised the need for a community centre, the following year, and applied to purchase the derelict property which was formerly Maybury Board School. The acquisition of the site was considerably protracted, but in 1993 the final legal hurdles were overcome, and work could begin on its conversion. 

The building was a bare shell with no furniture, kitchen utensils, equipment... After some serious fundraising from CAMCA and more small donations coming in to help furnish the building, a grand ceremonial opening took place on 28ᵗʰ September 1994 with top newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE.

The Maybury Centre is now a key community asset in Woking which has maintained a wide variety of projects over the years. Some have been curtailed through lack of funding, but new projects are frequently supported and continue to thrive. The Centre is regularly utilised by a diverse and expanding range of community groups, and is close to the heart of so many. Welcome! ☺

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What we do

The Maybury Centre provides facilities for education, health, welfare, advice, social, business and recreation at the heart of Woking in Surrey. 


Our charitable objects are to establish, manage, and maintain a community centre for the people of the Borough of Woking and beyond (without distinction of any kind, such as ethnic origin, religion, political or other opinions, etc.) to improve the conditions of life for all. 







The Maybury Centre is managed by The Maybury Centre Trust, an independent voluntary body and registered charity set up to promote understanding of the various cultures that make up the population of Woking and to share and celebrate those cultures for the benefits of all. The trust is a board of trustees and they are responsible for all aspects of the management and development of The Maybury Centre.


Listed below are the current trustees of

The Maybury Centre Trust:

Syed Naqvi


Roy Turner

Philip Goldenberg

Anila Javaid

Simona Popa


Tahir Aziz

Woking Borough Council councillor

Peter Graves

Woking Borough Council councillor

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