Confessions of a Jumbler

Posted on 2nd September 2021

Below is a reflection written by a member of GXCA about the biggest event held by GXCA; this clearly encompasses the ethos of the Gerrards Cross Community Association.

This is the Annual Jumble Sale, which has been running for about thirty years!  This event is the biggest event, not only for GXCA, but quite possibly the biggest Jumble sale in England and dubbed The Glastonbury of Jumble Sales!  Throughout the year, residents bring no longer needed items to the Centre which are stored in one of six sheds.  Two volunteers, Fiona and Jude, spend literally months sorting and boxing and labelling these items.

The week before the jumble, marquees go up and the tables are delivered.  On the week of the jumble, approximately 60-80 volunteers turn up on the Monday morning, help to put up tables, and start emptying the sheds. These fantastic people range from 18 years to 80 years, some pop in for a morning, and some are there all week.  The shed emptying takes three days of hard physical labour, trolleying boxes to various ‘stations’ within the Centre to be further sorted into ladies, gents, shoes, children, linen, toys bric-a-brac, books, hardware and furniture.  Large items including furniture is collected by a van from local houses by other volunteers.  The local auctioneer, Hugo, pops in on Thursday to check stock for donated old masters and jewels. Over the week more than 500 bowls of soup and sandwiches are made, much needed teas and coffee are provided, by yet more volunteers, for the hungry volunteer stall helpers.  On the two days of the jumble a BBQ serving sizzling, locally sourced, veggie and meat burgers and sausages is organised, by yet another bunch of volunteers, for the jumble buyers.

There is laughter, some frustration but a huge sense of togetherness and community

On Friday morning the jumblers arrive as early as 7.30am and start to queue snaking around the carpark, chattering and laughing as the queue gets longer and longer. At 10am the gates open, and 850 adults, plus children, pour through the gates, and a further 700 on Saturday.  Jumblers come from as far afield as London, Brighton, Bath and Manchester, plus the surrounding counties for this event.. 

On Friday the Jumble sale runs from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.  In Colston Hall the Ladieswear Section sells knitwear, from 40p each or 3 for a £1, blouses, belts, boots and bags, a bargain at a £1. Coats and Jackets £3 each and on the ‘Stage” designer donations are sold for a little more. The Garden Room becomes a library of books, alphabetically ordered, fiction, nonfiction, ephemera, art to zoology. Pictures and paintings sell like hot cakes, and candles are aglow!

The staff of GXCA spend weeks advertising, organising the hire of marquees and allocating and directing the rabble of volunteer helpers!  They are tremendous! 

Doors open when the bell tolls at 10am Friday 24th September – and the scrabble for bargains begins!


Summer School Update

Posted on 23rd July 2021

Current Update to classes that are now unavailable due to capacity or cancellation:

D1 Dutch Art

D3 Pottery

D5 Jewish Background to New Testament

D8 Willow Weaving

D9 Pottery

D12 All about Fossils

D14 Practical Writing Lives

D15 Pottery

D17 Acrylics

D19 Budapest

D20 Genealogy

D21 Poured Acrylics

D23 Parables in St Lukes Gospel

D24 Impact of Technology

D27 Silver Clay Jewellery

D30 Calendar/Photobook on any device

D33 Novelty Cake

D37 Diplomatic Dramas

D41 Drawing Faces

D42 Photographing Flowers, Insects & Birds in the Garden

D47 Edwardian Home and Garden

D55 Golden Age of Athens


We now welcome Xavier Diers to take us into the next phase in the life of GXCA.

Posted on 29th June 2021

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.


We have got the funding

Posted on 8th June 2021

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 MASSIVE THANK YOU from Gerrards Cross Community  Association to all National Lottery Players.


Summer School Update

Posted on 5th May 2021

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


Frozen Cooked Meals Available!

Posted on 10th June 2020

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.