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 – Central and Maybury. The Central and Maybury area of Woking surrounds the Town Centre.
In 1987, the Central and Maybury Community Association (CAMCA) was formed to campaign for a community centre. A survey of residents’ needs clearly showed that the local population wanted a focal point for community activities. Woking Community Relations Forum as well as the Borough Council, Health, Education, Social Services, Police and other statutory/voluntary services, gave further support to the campaign.
In 1988, Woking Borough Council formally recognised the need for a Community Centre and applied to purchase the old Board School property, which was formerly Maybury Infant School. However, the acquisition of the site was considerably protracted and it was only in 1993 that the final legal hurdles were overcome and work could begin on the conversion. The Maybury Centre opened its doors in February 1994 but was officially opened by Sir Trevor McDonald on 28th September 1994. The Centre currently has on average 20,000 visitors each quarter.
Joy Wheeler is responsible for taking the bookings and organising the relevant paperwork. She ensures payment is collected and works with the Centre Manager on Credit Control. When necessary she will set up rooms for customers and organise their catering requirements. Joy actively encourages the use of the Centre by all sections of the community.
Nick Packham, David Robinson, David Lambe and Raheem Hussain work with the Acting Manager to assist with the running of the Centre. They set up the rooms that have been hired, provide general portage duties and welcome visitors/users into the Centre ensuring that they are fully-assisted. Nick also assists the Acting Manager with all of the general maintenance and provides handy-person services.
What we do
The overall purpose of the Centre is to provide facilities for education, health, welfare, advice, social, business and general recreation to the Borough of Woking.
The Maybury Centre is managed by the Maybury Centre Trust, an independent voluntary body 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 management and the development of the Centre.
Listed below are the current Trustees of The Maybury Centre:
Clive Moon ~ Chairman
Roy Turner ~ Treasurer
Mr Nuweed Razaq
Mrs Christine Scott
Dr Syed Naqvi
Mrs Refeia Zaman ~ Woking Borough Council Officer in attendance
Cllr Rashid Mohammed
Cllr Mohammed Ilyas Raja
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