Thursday, 14th of December 2017

Thursday, 14th of December 2017

About Birch Community Centre

Welcome to the Birch Community Centre website. Birch Community Centre and its services are managed by the Birch Community Association, which was established as a registered charity, No. 506244, in 1976 and it has been running the centre ever since.

Our object and aim

The object of Birch Community Association is to work with the local community and other voluntary and statutory organisations in a common effort to improve education, recreation and leisure opportunities for the local community.

To achieve this the Association aims to maintain and improve the 100 year old building making it more able to meet current community needs and adapt to the future; to serve the neighbourhood and celebrate community for a further 100 years and more.

What we offer

Our children's projects are provided to support local children and families; our recreation, leisure and community classes are for local adults to enjoy. The availability of the centre as a venue to hire allows people to have community and family celebrations in their locality.

Who supports us?

Manchester City Council and Sure Start have been wonderful partners providing revenue grant funding to support all our activities and services to date.

Over the past two years the original building has also undergone major renovation and been made more energy efficient thanks to generous capital grant funding from The Co-operative Foundation, The Tudor Trust and Biffaward.

Limitations

The Association already delivers and hosts a full programme of valued activities and services but, unfortunately the building is operating at its capacity and extensions to the building are needed if more is to be achieved.

History

Birch Community Centre is located on land granted by Sir John Anson to the Parish of St.James-in-Birch in a Trust Deed dated 1896 "for the benefit of the local inhabitants". The building has variously served as parish rooms and a school annexe until it was taken over by Birch Community Association (BCA) in 1976. The Parish of St James has since been absorbed by the Parish of Holy Innocents Fallowfield whose church wardens previously served as ex-officio members of the BCA management committee. The BCA then operated under a verbal agreement from the Parish of Holy Innocents without a formal lease. The Rector, church wardens and the BCA sort to regularise these affairs and instructed the Charity Commission to draw up a scheme to supercede the 1896 Deed and give the BCA tenure over the land and the property. This process was completed in 2008.