Wrenthorpe Community Association was founded in 1944 when a committee was formed to raise money for a community centre. However, it was not until 1952 that sufficient funds were available to purchase a building to be erected on land leased from the former Stanley Urban District Council in the centre of the village. Unfortunately the building was destroyed in a storm before completion. Undaunted, a second hand timber and asbestos structure was bought and finally opened in 1954; it continued to serve the community until being demolished in 1985 to make way for the present purpose-built hall which opened in January 1986.
2009 was a landmark in the history of the association as it was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee which meant that most committee members were now Directors of the Company known as WRENTHORPE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LIMITED.
The taking over, refurbishment and opening of Valley Crescent Community Centre was the company’s other main achievement in 2009.
The Company remains a registered charity, just like the old association. The directors of the charitable company are also charity trustees for the purposes of charity law and, under the company’s Articles, are known as trustees. The Company’s Annual Report can be found on the Charities Commission website.
In planning our activities we keep in mind the Charity Commission guidance on public benefit at our trustee meetings.
Community Group Representation includes attendance by trustees at the Wakefield Council and WY Police community meetings. Close ties are maintained with other community groups in Wrenthorpe, in particular the Environmental Society, together with other neighbouring Community Associations. There is regular contact with local Elected Members, Council Officers and West Yorkshire Police on such issues as planning, traffic and road safety, community safety, crime and disorder and other local issues.
A newsletter is produced a number of times a year and is delivered by volunteers to every house in the village providing residents with information of the activities of the Association and other community groups as well as other events around the area.