Sections and User Groups
There are many local Clubs, Groups and Organisations that use the Community Centre on a regular bases for a variety of activities. Below are some of these Groups. Click on the links for any that you may be interested into find out more about the Group and to contact them if you want more information about their activities.
Once a month Barbara and David organise a get-together in the May Woollerton Hall for people who like to dance. The atmosphere is friendly, they dance a wide variety of styles and laugh when someone is out-of-step. There is a break for refreshments during the evening and to sell raffle tickets.
Once a year, usually in the summer, Barbara and David direct their energies and have a special dance for a local charity. Then they have spot prizes, a bumper raffle, American Supper and lots of fund raising.
The Angling Club is a group of men and women pursuing the passion for angling and wanting company and friendship. The club arrange a trip to local waters every month with easy access and short travel distance a big consideration. We are a group of pleasure anglers, come join us as a guest for one of our trips before joining. Our low cost membership includes membership to the Community Association and all the facilities it offers.
Founded in 1970 Bourne End Junior Sports Club is a registered charity run by volunteers to provide sport and recreation for children and young people, with many being highly qualified in their own sport. The Sports Hall was built in 1982 and later extended to include a climbing wall and a club room. The multi-sport centre is used extensively by club members and members of the whole community. We currently offer 9 different sports – Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing Climbing, Football, Inline Hockey, Swimming and Table Tennis. All abilities are welcome from beginners upwards. Ages range from 5 to 18+ years and vary with the different sports.
Since the 1970 we have been battling against developers who would put profit first and believe the local environment needs very little consideration. We have put the views of local people on countless planning applications, taken on the legal powers through numerous appeals, held public meetings, been prepared to speak to our MP, councillors and councils. Some success can be celebrated but it is frequently a lot of hard work against planning policies hell bent on development.
Each week the list of planning applications is monitored for any relating to Bourne End and these need further investigation. Where possible we endeavour to protect trees as part of the environment. Our chairman is a member of the Liaison Group set up to provide a local voice combatting potential developers and Wycombe District Council’s planning department.
Bourne End Twinning Association was formed in 2003 when we set up a link with a delightful village near Le Havre called Octeville sur mer. Each year we exchange visits for a long weekend alternating between the two villages. Language is never a problem as sign language, dictionaries and a good sense of humour are all that are needed. However, for those members who do wish to ‘brush up’ on their French we have friendly relaxed classes available. The weekends are always good fun with an excellent balance between organised day trips and time spent in the homes of our ‘counterparts’. Many lifelong friendships have been formed over the years and often members from both villages spend time together apart from the official ‘twinning’ weekends
In between visits we hold a variety of fund raising events here in Bourne End throughout the year, such as barn dances, garden party and meals together; the profits from these cover costs of excersions and events when our Octeville friends visit us - a favour amply returned when we visit them. Our members from Bourne End and the surrounding district enjoy our local events when the camaraderie is palpable. We also have a thriving choir who entertain locally at Christmas and we are able to enjoy their talents at some of our events during the year
Ever wondered who your ancestors were? Where did they come from? What did they do? If so then welcome to the world of Family History. The Buckinghamshire Family History Society has been helping people find their ancestors for over 40 years. Censuses, parish registers, wills, birth marriage and death certificates and many more historic records will help you find your ancestors.
We hold monthly meetings at Bourne End, Aylesbury and Bletchley. Most meetings have a speaker. You would be very welcome to pop along to the Community Centre one month and meet us.
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday each month in the Eghams Room at Bourne End Community Centre. Click here to view our program of talks at Bourne End.
We are the local Townswomen's Guild Federation for the Chiltern & Castle area, which includes guilds in Amersham, Chesham, Bourne End, Burnham, Maidenhead Highway, Maidenhead Cox Green and Maidenhead Central, Slough and Windsor. We meet at the Community Centre every 2 months for our committee meeting and our council meetings. We also hire the facilities for various events which we run throughout the year including quizzes, lunches, games afternoons, and hire the large hall for other activities which in the past have included drama events and art & craft days. The Bourne End Guild also meet at the Centre in the Target Room.
We are a friendly drama club who celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2008 and we try to put on two plays or revues and a pantomime each year. We meet most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00pm at the Bourne End Community Centre.
We have a good sized stage and have a large scene dock to store flats and props, which allows us to build our own sets.
Anyone is welcome to join our club, you don't have to act as there are plenty of backstage, front of house roles.
Headway South Bucks runs a Resource Centre for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury from the Bourne End Community Centre on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday helping people with acquired brain injury improve memory, cognitive, social and life skills by delivering organised activities specifically designed to improve these skills.
Support for Headway South Bucks Carers
HSB developed the Carer’s Support Programme specifically to support Carers of HSB clients. The programme consists of Network/Support sessions, Outings and Special Events, Individual Tailored assistance and Emergency Funds.
We meet every Wednesday morning during term time from 9am to 12 midday at the Community Centre. We are a sociable group and with just one court there is plenty of time for coffee and chatter. At present we have a full membership but this can change anytime and we do require new members to have some playing experience.
MMPA exists to support and encourage users of the branch line from Marlow to Maidenhead. We do this by making our members’ complaints and suggestions known to Great Western Railway, the operator of the service, with whom we have regular meetings at all levels of seniority up to the Group Managing Director.
Originally founded when there were concerns that the remainder of the former High Wycombe to Maidenhead line might be closed (the High Wycombe to Bourne End section was shut in 1970) it remains a long-term aspiration to see the closed section re-opened. We continue to monitor High Wycombe station on the Chiltern line and also Taplow on the Paddington line.
Membership is £5 p.a. for which you will receive a quarterly newsletter and (should you so desire) all local timetables when issued.
President The Hon. Sir William McAlpine Bt
Vice President Mark Hopwood
The Society was founded in 1977 and consists of some 60 railway enthusiasts from the Marlow, Bourne End, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading, Wokingham and Twyford area. Meetings are held at BECC on the third Thursday of each month (except August and December), starting at 8.00pm., usually comprising an illustrated talk on a railway topic.
The cost of Full Membership is £16.00 pa; visitors are most welcome and are asked for a donation of £3.00 at the door.
A quarterly magazine called “The Marlow Donkey” (named after the former steam train which ran on the branch railway line) is published with articles and photographs submitted by members.
The Society’s website contains details of forthcoming talks and events together with a Gallery of railway photographs and previous editions of “The Marlow Donkey”.
Probus Clubs are for retired/semi retired professional and business people who enjoy getting together and meeting other people from similar backgrounds. The Club was formed in 1981 and over the years has expanded and we now have a full membership of 60 men.
We meet at The Grovefield House Hotel, Taplow Common Road, Burnham on the third Wednesday of each month for a drink and chat before lunch at 1 o'clock. This is followed by a guest speaker and meetings usually end by 3.15. In June and December we do not have a speaker and instead are joined by our ladies for the summer and Christmas Ladies Lunches. We also arrange two or three day trips each year.
New members are welcome, although at this time we have a short waiting list. It is hoped that in due course new members will be willing to serve on the committee as the club cannot function without one.
The Bourne End Short Mat Bowls Club meets on Monday and Tuesday evenings at Bourne End Community Centre where we have been for over 20 years. .
Club members play friendly matches against each other at most meetings with some evenings given over to Club competitions. Most people come one
evening per week but a few come on both evenings. Play usually starts at 7:30pm until 10pm
We regularly have friendly matches against other local clubs during the year at home and away. On a Sunday in early December we celebrate Christmas with an afternoon playing Skittles, Hoops and Target Bowls. This is followed by a Christmas supper party and a raffle. Our annual trophies presentation evening is usually held in March.
If you are interested in joining our friendly club, please do come along on any Monday or Tuesday evening. Free tuition is given and club bowls are available.
The Short Mat Bowls Club is a section of your Community Association
Note that we do not meet on the 1st Tuesday each month nor on Mondays in August.
St Paul’s and St Mary’s, both in Wooburn, are Church of England churches with a diverse congregation and style of worship suitable for today’s times - neither ‘high church’ nor ‘happy clappy’. St Paul’s has a rich heritage going back over 800 years, whereas St Mary’s is a purpose built church completed in 2001.
St Paul’s, in Town Lane, holds a Parish Holy Communion with Sunday Club at 9:30am on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays; and on the 5th there is an All Age Service with Communion.
There is a Friday Communion Service and Lunch at 12noon held at St Mary’s, Glory Mill Lane, during term time. For children there is Toddlers on Tuesdays 9:30am, and Tots Praise on Fridays 9:45am, all at St Paul’s Church Hall during term time. St Mary’s Church Hall and St Paul’s Church Hall and Garden can be hired out
Wye Valley Volunteers (WVV), an affiliate of Bourne End Community Association, offers help to the elderly, disabled and others in need.. The area covered includes Bourne End, The Wooburns, Flackwell Heath and Little Marlow.
TRANSPORT We provide volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments at hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, dentists, podiatrists, day centres etc. (Wheelchairs and/or escorts can be arranged as required).
HOME VISITING We provide befrienders for those living on their own or who require the support of someone to visit regularly to share a chat and a cup of tea. Most carers will be prepared to help with occasional shopping and some specially volunteer to walk dogs.
SOCIAL We run a monthly luncheon club and pop-in coffee mornings in Bourne End Community Centre so that old friends can meet and new ones be made.
COMMUNITY MINIBUS Our Community Minibus can provide transport to the social events above and also we offer shopping trips and occasional organised outings in the minibus.