AGM 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Gregson Community Association is being held on Sunday 6th June 2021. Here are links to the agenda together with the minutes of the last AGM. The AGM will need to vote on the nominations to the Board and the nominations are shown below. There will also be a brief report on our consultation document entitled 'Gregson 2025' which has previously been sent out but you can also find it at:

Please note only up to date members are allowed to vote at the AGM and if you wish to take up or renew membership please visit . You will need to join by Friday 4th June. If you are unsure whether or not you are a member please get in touch with
The meeting will take place on Zoom; we are therefore slightly limited in the numbers who can attend. In order to keep a check on numbers attending and whether or not attendees are members, you will need to register your intention to attend in advance. You can do this at - . You will receive an acknowledgement directly from Eventbrite. There is room for a small number of members to attend in person if you are unable to use Zoom. Please get in touch with to register your attendance in this way.
The agenda can be viewed here
The minutes can be viewed here

The nominations for the Board are as follows:


  • Chair - Billy Pye
  • Vice Chair - Alison Rooke
  • Secretary - Katherine Bevington
  • Treasurer - Jez Reay

Board Members:

  • Claire Duff
  • Jack Lenox
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Lewis Parkinson
  • Joe Sumsion

Please do get in touch at if you have any questions at all. 

The Board of the Gregson Community Association

Update on developments at the Gregson and the next steps

After a long period of closure due to the public health crisis, we’re really looking forward to opening the doors to our communities and supporters on the 17th May. The generous support of our communities, and members plus charitable funding has kept us going over the past year. We have been super-busy working behind the scenes and in the building we all love so dearly to allow us to open as soon as possible and better than ever before



The Future of the Gregson

Dear Gregson Centre Supporter,  

As you know the Gregson has been closed since 20th March because of the Government lock-down in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst the building has been closed our centre managers have been unable to pay their monthly management fee to the charity. We use this money every month to cover the charity’s expenses including the bank loan that we have secured against the building. We have been continuing to make the bank loan repayments throughout the lock-down and have been refused a payment holiday in spite of Government guidance to the banks. However, unless the Gregson opens its doors again very soon, the charity will be in deep financial trouble.

We have had some much-appreciated financial help from the City Council during this difficult period but this money will run out in the next few months. We are doing our level best to achieve grant funding and we have several applications pending but we cannot rely on receiving these grants and they are unlikely to cover our core costs, including the bank loan repayments that we have to make every month.

We cannot say at this moment in time what the intentions of our managing agents are in terms of them reopening the Gregson. It looks probable that the Charity itself will have to try running the Gregson directly at some point in the future and we cannot say at this moment what form the ‘new’ Gregson will take. For now, the most important thing is that the building is not lost to the bank because we cannot make our agreed loan repayments. So, we are turning to you, the local community to ask for your help in the coming months until we get back on our feet.

If you want to get in touch with us regarding the future of the Gregson please email our Secretary, Katherine Bevington

What can you do to support us?

You can become a member. Membership fees are a valuable source of income for us and a great way to be kept up to date with future developments and upcoming events. Membership is only £15 waged and £10 unwaged. YOU CAN JOIN HERE. There are lots of benefits of membership including

  • Discounted membership of the Gregson@Highfield
  • Discounts on room hire
  • Voting rights at Gregson Community Association AGM's and other meetings


Set up a direct debit Having a regular direct debit over the coming months will help us plan the Gregson’s recovery.
Please email our Treasurer, Jez Reay for our bank details.

The Gregson Community Association Trustees

Gregson Lend-A-Hand

LEND-A-HAND Food Project

The Gregson Community Association are collecting food and giving it out to people who may need help in the areas of Bulk, Freehold, Ridge, Newton and Moorlands.

If you have food you can donate please drop it off at the Gregson Centre any Monday between 4pm and 6pm. Please use the side door on Williamson Road, and please respect social distancing and keep two metres apart when you drop food off. 

If you are in need of food and want some delivered please get in touch via email to

or send a message via Facebook

Please also contact us if you want to get involved in food distribution or any other community support such as checking in on isolated people, picking up and delivering medicines, chatting on the telephone etc. You can do this via email or Facebook at the above addresses.

If you can't donate food or you can't get to the Gregson Centre please consider making a financial donation instead. What will we use the money for?  Sometimes people who need help ask us for specific items - for example nappies of a certain size.  Where the specific items have not been donated we can buy them and put them in a particular person's food parcel. 

We also need funds for publicity as well.  

Please don’t forget to complete our survey on Survey Monkey. This will support and inform our action going forward.

Thank You


The Gregson in 2025

We have been formulating or vision as to where we believe the Gregson Community Association and The Gregson Centre will be in 2025. Please see the document below.

Gregson Community Association Lend a Hand Survey

Gregson Community Association Lend a Hand Survey

The Gregson Community Association Trustees are really keen to make sure we are supporting our communities during the crisis. Up until now, we have been dealing with a lot of issues that the ‘lockdown’ has presented including the temporary closure of the building. We have also been having conversations with local organisations to see how we can support efforts across the area. We are very keen to hear from everyone in the area to find out what we can help with and what we can offer.

Please complete this short survey. It will take two minutes.  This will help us plan local action and bring together volunteers.

Gregson Community Association Lend a Hand Survey


Covid-19 : Gregson Centre closure

April 2020

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the GregsonCentre is currently closed.

We aim to reopen the Centre as soon as possible, but the date is out of our hands at present.
We are looking at what we can do to best support the local community at this time.

If you wish to contact us please email us using the details on the "Contact Us" page.

Covid-19 : Donations to the Gregson Community Association

Regular supporters of the Gregson Community Association have suggested that we put a "Donate" button on here so that those that wish can assist us financially during this difficult time.

Donations made here will go directly to the GCA and assist us with our financial commitments. Although the Gregson Centre is currently closed, we do still have bills to pay. This is having a huge impact on our meager financial reserves.

Please use the button below if you feel able to contribute.

We have been asked about the current financial details of the Gregson Community Association, HERE IS A OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

Alternatively, if you would like to make a bank transfer, please contact the treasurer

This is so I can keep track of who is donating what.


Thank you.

J Reay - Treasurer
Gregson Community Association Ltd


Annual membership costs just £15(waged)/£10(unwaged)

By becoming a member you will be supporting the charity which maintains and oversees the management of the Centre's facilities. More details about the charity can be found at, details of what is happening at the Gregson Centre can be found at

Membership may be purchased over the bar in the Gregson Centre

Membership can be purchased below. Please note membership is now on a rolling basis, and your membership will be valid for a full 12 months.
There will be a £0.75 handling charge for memberships purchased on-line.

Membership Type

You may now setup an annual subscription to the Gregson Community Association from a PayPal account by using the button below.
We will send you a new membership card each year on the anniversary of your renewal

Membership Type


What you get in return(in addition to supporting your favorite local community and arts centre):

  • Discounted membership of the Gregson@Highfield
  • Emails giving details of upcoming events
  • Voting rights at Gregson Community Association AGM's and other meetings

Thank you for your support!

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