The Community Centre is leased by the Badger Farm Parish Council to the Badger Farm and Oliver’s Battery Residents’ Community Association. It was opened in November 1986. The Association has charitable status (Registered Charity Number 279592) and is managed by a board of volunteer Trustees. In addition, there are three employees: a Centre Administrator, a Caretaker and a Treasurer. All of its spare income is spent on maintaining the building and updating facilities in line with current legislation and health and safety directives. You can read the BFOBRCA constitution here.
The Community Centre is managed on a day-to-day basis by Ali Cochrane, the Centre Manager. Ali manages the Centre, including taking bookings, policies, risk management, legal compliance, building maintenance and promotion of the centre.
The Community Centre has been cared for by Mervyn Hall for more than 20 years. “Merv” celebrated his 70th birthday recently but he has no plans to retire and will be continuing in his role for the forseeable future. Merv keeps the Community Centre clean and tidy, sets up rooms for hirers and attends to daily maintenance and gardening.
Barbara Angel is our Treasurer. She is responsible for all of BFOBRCA’s incoming and outgoing finances as well as ensuring that the Assocation meets all the legal requirements involved with being both an employer and a charity. She reports to the Trustees on a regular basis, attending monthly meetings and advising them on financial matters when needed.
The Community Assocation’s Trustees, all of whom are volunteers, meet on a monthly basis to discuss both the long-term direction and short-term requirements of the Community Centre and its users. The current Trustees are:
- Brian Laming
- Debbie Deeney
- Lesley Nguyen
- Rachel Skinner
- Anne Young
- Simon Lever
A number of the photos on this website, including the beautiful view of Oliver’s Battery which is used as the backdrop, were taken by the late David Spender, who represented Oliver’s Battery and Badger Farm on the Winchester City Council from 2005 until his death in 2010. More of his photos can be found on his Flikr photostream.