Over 32,000 people went through the doors of the Gill Nethercott Centre last year. This was just one of the many successes announced when local residents met in the Gill Nethercott Centre for the Annual General Meeting of the Whitchurch Association.

The well-used Gill Nethercott Centre is run by the Whitchurch Association, a registered charity.

Successes reported
Throughout the meeting there was a real feelgood factor as a whole range of successes were reported.

The registered charity which both runs the Gill Nethercott Centre and oversees a number of town projects was opened by Vice-Chair Denyse Coles who ran through the highlights of the year.



Residents met for the Whitchurch Association AGM

A very well used facility
And what a wide range of activities were presented to the assembled audience. The Association is well on its way towards being accredited in the Visible Differences programme, which sets national benchmarks for the management community organisations.

The Gill Nethercott Centre is going from strength to strength with activities ranging from wedding receptions, parties, theatre productions and concerts, to exhibitions, film screenings, business conferences and social club use. The reintroduction of bookings for 18 and 21 year old birthday celebrations will also see greater use of the Centre.

One of the popular fairs held at the GNC during the year

There has been a very welcome 20% increase in footfall through the Centre with the incredible figure of 32,000 people passing through its doors in the last year alone!
The firm financial footing created by the Trustees and the excellent control through the Treasurer Sandra Smith, Membership Secretary John Wall does not need to collect any increased membership fees this year.

Improvements
Meanwhile the outside grounds have been enhanced with planting, and the building of the otter holt has also helped the wildlife in the protected area. Inside, plans for 2012 include an internal decoration and any ideas on this are welcome.

Thanks were given to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for their assistance on environmental issues and also to all the many volunteers who help with the Centre’s activities.
Gratitude was also given to those who joined up to the newly launched Snow Patrol, which is a pilot scheme that may be rolled-out in other areas.

Town Centre Projects
The Association also oversees the remaining Town Centre Improvement Projects. Detailed reports were received on the successes of the official town website and the Community Arts Project, and the latter is looking forward to the decoration of olympic bollards later this year.
The Association also announced that remaining funds that had been saved were to be passed to the Trustees of the Town Hall to help with decoration of the building.

Elections
The meeting elected the Trustees and Officers for the coming year and there is a strong committed team in place who will again be headed up by Harriet Titcomb as the Chairperson. The WA Comms Team was also elected to oversee this website.

Finally a video of the early days of the Centre was shown.

A good year ahead
The coming year will see some changes, but with a good management team in place with professional values the Whitchurch Association is in a strong position to continue its good work for the town.

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