|The Dawes Community Association was established over 97 years ago and is a registered charity, providing vital sports and social facilities for the people of the village of Hernhill and its surrounding area and is well supported by all sections of the community. Membership totals 250 family groups comprising 650+ individuals.|
Although the parish of Hernhill has only 900 people, the immediate area has a catchment of around 5,000. There is also a thriving primary school with over 200 pupils.
The Association headquarters is on the playing field which comprises a cricket pitch, and both full-size and junior football pitches.
Work on the new Dawes Community Association Centre and the fully equipped multi-purpose all-weather play area was completed in 1997. The new facilities are fully used with activities 7 days and week and on some days for over 14 hours a day.
These notes give full details about the Association’s work and the people who benefit from our services, recreational, educational and social.
Brief History of the Association
The Dawes Community Association - a registered charity and company limited by guarntee- was founded as the Dawes Institute in 1904 in memorial to Sir Edwyn Dawes by his son William Charles Dawes. Three rooms in the old Manor House by hernhill Church were given for use of the villagers, free of rent, rates and other expenses. In 1910 young people were allowed use of the premises. One of the main functions of the Association is to cater for young people.
In 1986, thanks to support from the Dawes family and many others, the Association moved to its present home in the headquarters beside the Village Hall. This building was extended in 1997 with the help of a lottery grant.
- Committed to People Our volunteers work in partnership and with other local organisations to provide everyone with the opportunity to extend and use their skills and talents.
- Proactive We regularly consult local residents in order to provide the services they desire now and in future in a ‘fast-changing’ world.
- Reliable We aim to deliver our promises. We want our members and the community to know us for our reliability.
- Incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee and Registered Charity and is governed by the provisions of the Charities Acts and Companies Acts.
- Membership is open to all local residents or anyone who wishes to enjoy our
leisure facilities and services.
- Properly Managed
- The Trustees and Directors of the Association are members of the General Committee who meet regularly once each month to carry out the Association’s affairs.
- Each Section or Club is organised by either a committee or has a leader, and has at least two places on the General Committee. Thus the General Committee always reflects the opinions of the sections.
- All positions are filled by officials who are elected annually.
- All accounts are audited.
- Known for our Integrity Our reputation is one of carrying out our responsibilities in a ‘professional’ manner.
- Long Established The Dawes Community Association was established in 1904 as ‘The Dawes Institute’. - The members of this Association have been able to enjoy unbroken access to the services and facilities provided throughout these years. 2004 witnesses our centenary!
- Proud of our Good History Continuity has only been achieved through the sustained efforts of the local volunteers who have organised the association and led its sections. This success would not have been at all possible without the widespread support by local residents and others throughout the area who have enjoyed membership underlining the relevance of our activities at any point in the 20th Century. This successful and evolving network of clubs and sections reflecting current aspirations we take forward to the first decade of the 21st Century
- Safeguarding the Past. The need for social interaction has not diminished over the years. Some activities have withstood time and are just as relevant now while new activities and services spring into life as residents require. We safeguard the best elements of the past while embracing the need to reflect modern society.
- Outward Looking. We understand the need to plan for the future and to make sure our services reflect the world in which we live.
- Inclusive As a registered charity we are an inclusive organisation -ALL are welcome to join.
- Welcoming We offer a warm welcome. Our Centre is the ideal place where newcomers can meet others who share and enjoy similar interests while adding their own contribution to enhance the experience.
Committed to Teamwork. Which reflects the volunteer nature of the association and it means, essentially, working together as partners.
Contacts for Regular Activities
All the below can be contacted on 01227 751195
|LUNCH CLUB for the retired
Fridays 12.30-2.00 p.m.
|MEN’S CLUB - Snooker
Tuesday 7.00 pm onwards
Fridays 8 pm onwards
|KEEP-FIT Classes are held regularly either in the Village Hall or the DCA rooms. The classes are:
WEDNESDAY 6.15-7.15 pm STEP
THURSDAY 7- 8 pm Body Sculpture
SATURDAY 9-10 am Body Sculpture
SATURDAY 10-11 am Circuit Training
|SNOOKER ROOM can be hired by any adult member||Three Horseshoes|
|OUTDOOR PLAY AREA||Three Horseshoes|
|DAWES COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP
Monday to Friday (all day from 2 years of age)
|DAWES COMMUNITY MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP Thursdays 9.00am - 10.30am||Hanan
|OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB & HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME
Breakfast club 8.00am - 8.45am, Herne Hill pupils only
Afternoons Mon-Fri 3-5.30pm Term Time
All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in holidays, for children 4-11 years.
|DAWES HERNHILL HERONS SOCCER||Felix Krish
|MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES||David Mann|
|TENNIS CLUB or HALL HIRE||Mike and Vera at Three Horseshoes|
|HERNHILL/VIS-EN-ARTOIS FRENCH LINK||Mary Devroey|
The Dawes Community Association French Link
Hernhill is twinned with the French village of Vis-en-Artois.
Group plus many individual exchange visits take place every year
New English families needed to link up with new French families
Families and individuals living in the area are very welcome to join the Association and become involved - contact Hanan Al'Mundaris or Deanna Baber on 01227 751195 for further information