Who we are
The Brookvale Community Association (BCA) was set up in 1973 by local residents eager to protect the area, after a large part of the ward (all of Brook Street, most of May Street and the east end of Lower Brook Street) was torn down by eager town centre developers. The first meeting was held at the King George V Playing Fields on Deep Lane, and most of the concerned community attended. The Association was successful in its mission and the historic area, with its beautiful Victorian homes, was saved.
Brookvale Village Hall
Brookvale Village HallIn May 1983, after years of fund raising and the provision of grants from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, Brookvale Village Hall was completed and has been a central focal and meeting point for the community ever since. A much needed extension was added in 1987 with money raised entirely by the residents of Brookvale. A large part of the Hall was destroyed in a fire in December 1999 and the Association was pushed to crisis point, but residents again rallied around to make the rebuild happen, and both the Association and a newly rebuilt Hall continues to operate to this day.
The BCA represents the interests of the Brookvale community. We have a formal constitution in which the BCA's objectives are outlined as follows:
"[The BCA exists for the] benefit of the inhabitants of Brookvale and the neighbourhood by associating the local authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants. [The BCA] will establish a Community Centre [and maintain and manage this] Centre for activities promoted by the Association and its constituent bodies in furtherance of the above."
For more detail, you can look at the text of our constitution.
For the BCA to run successfully there should be, ideally, ten members. There has to be a Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman for the committee to actually function, but on the current committee we have a Booking Agent, Mobility and Disabilities officer, Hall Maintenance team, Lottery Agent as well as committee members who have various other organising roles. New committee members are always welcome; to get involved people need to be proposed, seconded and voted onto the committee. There are also street reps.