Our Centre

Mudeford Wood Community Centre (MWCC) is set within the heart of the community, just a short distance from both Christchurch and Highcliffe, surrounded by woodland walks and the River Mude, and adjacent to a large recreation ground and children’s playground.

The centre consists of our main hall and 2 other rooms, as well as a brand new kitchen and multi-purpose sports courts.

Our motto is ‘Something for everyone’ and we really do have a fantastic range of clubs and classes, from Playgroup and Tiny Tots all the way to Age Concern’s Friendship Club. Alongside our great indoor facilities, we also have Multi-purpose sports courts which are perfect for tennis as well as many other sports including football and netball. Check out our current list of activities here.

All our facilities can also be hired out for that special occasion, with parties frequently held with us, from children’s football parties on our sports courts to Ruby wedding anniversary celebrations. You can hire out just one room or a combination of rooms all the way to having the full centre all to yourself. See the Facilities and Bookings page for more information.

Our Beginning

Mudeford Wood Community Centre was opened in the mid 1980s by Christchurch Borough Council, however in September 2009 the Centre was placed under review for potential closure.

The Community support for the facilities was so overwhelming that local residents formed the Friends of Mudeford Wood (FOMW) to safeguard the Centre and surrounding facilities and to persuade the council that it was still a valuable resource to the community.

In August 2010, Christchurch Borough Council asked the Friends of Mudeford Wood to investigate taking over the running of the facility on the basis that it be leased to the Community. The Friends Group therefore created an incorporated charity, Mudeford Wood Community Trust – consisting of nine local residents, Centre users and Councillors.

On the 1st April 2012 the Trust became responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre, with continued support from the council.

MWCC is heavily reliant upon volunteers to manage the day-to-day running of the Centre, so if you could offer some help – from manning the bookings office to helping with fundraising – please call Vicky Fuller on 01425 272084 or email office@mwct.co.uk

Our Volunteers

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Volunteers

John & Gerry Bell

Hi guys, we are John and Gerry Bell.  We are regular users of the Community Centre and participate in a variety of activities including U3A Badminton and Short Tennis.  We became involved with the support of the Centre about a year before its adoption by the Trust and have been Volunteers ever since.  We work in the Office on Tuesday afternoons; however, in addition we are responsible for maintaining the Booking System and ensuring that it accurately reflects the needs of our customers.  We thoroughly enjoy working with a highly motivated team who are dedicated to providing an excellent service to the local community.  Every day presents a new and interesting challenge and we are delighted to continue our support.

Volunteer

Janet Kerr

Volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre has made it very easy for me to settle into an area where I arrived as a total stranger some 3 years ago. I have been made very welcome and feel like I am being useful while meeting lots of new people and generally feeling part of my local community. I would heartily recommend this way of getting out and about on a regular basis and justifying one’s existence. WE can all be of some use on our own level – just keep smiling and have some fun.

Volunteer

Clare Walker

I originally came from Lancashire but grew up in Yorkshire, Just after I tied the knot I ran

several pubs with my husband in Devon then moved over to Swanage to own The Ferry Boat Inn. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and made some wonderful friends along the way. I finally ended up in Christchurch about 2004 to retire. I love volunteering and find it very rewarding to give something back to the community. Mudeford Wood Community Centre has taught me many skills and is  also helping me with my on-going battle with computers. I’m enjoying a fresh challenge and being able to get involved in events really makes the whole thing a lot of fun to be a part of.

Chair of the Trust

Liz Sabey

Liz as Chair of the Trust is also responsible for the day to day management at the centre. Liz has experience of voluntary work spanning 40 years – from helping the building and management of a village hall. A Community College Development and Training Director. Director of Housing Associations, (prioritising in community involvement). Liz has 20 years experience of being self-employed in the Service industry and was an NHS employee for 13 years dealing with vulnerable and
diverse groups of people of all ages. Now happily retired and able to devote time to the Community
Centre.

Trustee

Deborah Stephens

Deborah has been a Chartered Engineer for 26 years, working continuously in aero-engine, automotive and defence industries, including on Grange Road, Christchurch site for 21 years. She has been on the management committee of SAMRA (Stanpit & Mudeford Residents’ Association), for 10 years, 5 of them as Chairman, is currently on Mudeford Wood Tennis Club committee and captain of various Dorset LTA league teams. Deborah started the highly successful Friends of Mudeford Wood in April

Trustee

Paul Hillard

Paul was born in Barton on Sea, and has lived in Christchurch for the past 25 years. He shares his home in Highcliffe with his wife Helen and two sons, who both attend Highcliffe School. He has a background in finance, economics and customer service working initially with Barclays Bank, and latterly with HSBC. Paul is active in the community as the Mudeford, Stanpit and West Highcliffe ward Councillor on BCP Council, and representing Friars Cliff ward on Christchurch Town Council. He is also a Parent Governor at Highcliffe School, a Governor of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Trust, and a Member of the Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Authority.

Trustee

Janet Abbott

Lived in Christchurch since 1992 and followed her brother and mother here. She was a Christchurch Borough Councillor for Grange Ward from 2015 – 2019 and is now a Christchurch Town Councillor for Grange Ward. She is also a trustee for the ARC Community Centre in Somerford and has a special interest in supporting the Adapt Café which supports Dementia Sufferers and their Carers. Before retirement Janet was a domiciliary Carer, having trained in Nottingham.

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Volunteer

Keith Vinycomb

I volunteer to help out with this local community organisation. I have been very surprised just how much goes on here and I also now take part in some of the activities as well. It is good fun and I really enjoy helping make it work for the community. All the other volunteers bring with them a huge range of useful experiences that all contribute towards keeping the centre going. We are always looking for more helpers to support us and every assistance is provided to new volunteers who join the team. Oh yes, and tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided!

Volunteer

Derrick Falla 

I volunteer on a Thursday morning and began volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre two years ago when I saw a request for volunteers on the Mudeford Wood Community Website. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first volunteering position but thought why not. I have been surprised at how busy the centre is and the volume of users is quite something. The variety of tasks is always unique and once my building background was discovered, maintenance work was added to my jobs list helping Keith who is another volunteer in the “maintenance department!

Trustee

Sam Weeks

From a young age, Mudeford Wood Community Centre has been a part of Sam’s life - first using the centre as a toddler attending Mudeford Wood Tiny Tots! Over 20 years later, the group still runs today, with Sam still involved - but now as part of the charitable Trust responsible for running Tiny Tots. Sam has several years experience in retail management, and is currently working towards his degree in Marketing. You may recognise Sam from running several fundraising events over the years, as well as working with the office team. Now, as part of Mudeford Wood Community Trust, he hopes to bring a fresh input into the management of this valuable community facility, and learn from the vast experience colleagues have.

Trustee

Michael Scott Johns

For the first twenty years of his professional life, Michael worked in actuarial and finance departments of several life assurance companies then became an accountant with HSBC until retirement in 2003. Since retirement Michael has been carrying out accounting functions for several charitable organisations, including a church and a food bank and he is secretary of the New Milton Table Tennis Club.

Trustee

Richard Ashdown

Richard Ashdown spent the first twenty years of his career in the Royal Navy seeing active service in a number of areas of conflict and tension around the World. Richard is currently Managing Director of a Business Consultancy Company and holds executive and non-executive positions in a number of other prominent companies and charities including Chairman of a large Housing Association. Richard is also qualified as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Assessor and Trainer, RYA Senior Sailing Instructor and Power Boat Instructor.

Trustee

Vicky Fuller

I have played badminton at the Community Centre for many years and in 2012, when the Trust took over running it, I became the Volunteer Co-ordinator in order to develop roles for volunteers from working in the office to putting on events. In 2013, I was nominated to be a Trustee.  This was an important step for me, as, along with other Trustees who also worked within the Centre, we ensure that the Volunteers and Trustees work as one team. This is important, in order that roles and problems are understood. We endeavour to provide a space for our community to undertake various sports, learn new skills, enjoy music, meet socially and enjoy a cuppa. It can be hard work at times and we always welcome new volunteers to bring in new ideas; improve the way we manage old ideas and make new friends. Looking forward to  our future, as despite all our planning, we are never sure what it will bring.