I am delighted to have joined GXCA as General Manager. I have had extensive experience in the hospitality industry and my most recent roles have been as General Manager of Wildwood in Gerrards Cross until 2018 and General Manager of the United Airlines airport Lounges at Heathrow Airport run by Sodexo.
I very much look forward to meeting you all over the coming months and to reaffirm GXCA’s commitment to meeting your needs as you seek to return to the Centre as, all being well, restrictions continue to ease. Equally, I am looking forward to driving some new initiatives, along with embracing some of our well-established events such as the Jumble Sale, Fireworks, Pantomime and Burns Supper.
My wife Kirsty, son Henry and I live locally in Chesham, having been in the area for around 12 years. During downtime, I enjoy playing golf, running, and cooking for the family.
I am hugely passionate about great hospitality; I hope to encourage community and fellowship to be at the heart of all we offer at the GXCA. Although we have been through a tough year and a half, I relish the opportunity to revive the Memorial Centre for a bigger and better future.
A huge thanks to National Lottery Awards for All, for a wonderful £10,000 grant for our project named Continuing Survival of Gerrards Cross Community Association for GX and villages As you will be aware, GXCA has either been closed, or seriously impacted by the Covid Pandemic for the past fifteen months. Our amazing staff have been furloughed and more recently, flexi furloughed. Classes, clubs and inhouse entertainments have been cancelled and front doors locked. Our income has reduced by eighty percent, our reserves seriously diminished, with buildings continuing to need repair and maintenance.
However, with very careful housekeeping, we have survived, and getting ready, regulations allowing, to throw open our doors and welcome you in, from Monday 21st June. Did you know that Colston Hall alone has seventy-two fluorescent tubes for lighting? Forty- eight in the ceiling and twenty- four behind the curtain pelmets. Over the past year, 47 of the 48 ceiling fluorescent tubes have failed, which means that Colston Hall is rather dark! We are having these lights replaced, but with LED’s. LED’s are far more energy efficient, and cost effective. This is one of the maintenance projects that the Community Fund grant, has enabled us to fulfill.
We have other necessary maintenance requirements, which we are now able to achieve, having received this fantastic National Lottery Community Fund grant. Gerrards Cross Community Association is incredible grateful for the money raised by National Lottery players which supports people and communities to thrive.
A MASSIVETHANK YOU from Gerrards Cross Community Association to all National Lottery Players.
We hope you, your family and friends are well and that as lock down stages are eased, you are looking forward to more freedom over the coming months. We hope to be able to put positive updates here on the website after each lock down update and by email as well.
The GX Summer School committee has been meeting on Zoom to plan for running the event this summer, in a format that meets the government guidelines prevailing at that time. Due to the uncertainty of these guidelines at present, we are delaying the launch of this year’s programme but will keep you advised.
Dates for your diary – Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August 2021
Please pass on the information to friends and family who are not on our mailing list so they too can save the dates.
With every good wish and we look forward to welcoming you back. Gerrards Cross Summer School Committee
Sue Stone, the wife of our Chairman, together with two helpers, recently approached GXCA with a proposal, which was approved by the Executive Committee, to prepare, cook and distribute frozen cooked meals from our Colston Hall kitchen.
The volunteers are all food hygiene qualified, and cook from time to time at St James Church, Gerrards Cross. The service is targeted towards individuals and or families that are either self-isolating, recovering from the virus or are experiencing severe financial difficulties.
The menu offers a choice of two soups and four main courses. Initially the aim is to service homes in Gerrards Cross and adjacent areas including Chalfont St Peter, Denham, Hedgeley and Stoke Podges.
If you are aware of any individuals or families who are in need of the service, please contact us on 01753 883759.