We are an independent community centre and receive no funding from the council or government.
The centre has been part of community life since 1970 when we used to run a nursery, coffee bar, lunch clubs and the area’s first shop. Whilst many things have changed, we are still packed with activity, from parent and toddler groups to clubs to martial arts. At Three Trees we pride ourselves on having something for everyone, and if we haven’t got it, we’ll help you start it!
Overall, we’ve raised around £1.2m to repair, refurbish and extend the building and now we’re ready for more action. In 2018 we opened Chelmund’s Fish & Chips, the UK’s first community owned chip shop, attracting national media interest and we’re not stopping there!
Three Trees is, and always has been, about the community. From its early days as a brand new Baptist Church Centre, through the years when things got a bit tired, to today as Three Trees, we have always been part of the community story and people who came as children now bring their own children to the activities here.
We love that.
The vision is to keep doing this. We are an independent community centre (some would say fiercely independent). We receive no council nor government funding. What you see we have worked for (begged, borrowed and, well, no-one can prove anything), and the community came together over a period of 8 years to develop this place as their own.
We think you’ll agree that it was worth it.
Let’s keep doing it.
Three Trees relies on volunteers, including the board of trustees who are responsible for ensuring the building is run properly and well. We are grateful to these voluntary Trustees who work to support the centre. The staff team are a friendly bunch and here to help everyone enjoy and make the most of their community centre. Say hello to…
Reverend Neil Roberts – Chair
Neil has lived and worked in Chelmsley Wood for over 20 years. He has been a key figure in the development of the centre from a leaky shed to vibrant centre for the community. He loves seeing grass roots ideas flourish into real life projects and has been involved in setting up and running a range of community initiatives, from festival seasons to arts organisations to the local community owned chippy! His day job is the minister of the Baptist Church, which also has its home at Three Trees. He likes good stout.
Emily Price – Co-ordinator
Emily found Three Trees through the choir in 2015 watching from afar the later stages of the buildings development. Coming to us from an admin position at her last job, she’s a weird one who loves a good system or spreadsheet. Since joining the team she has loved and getting involved with the various groups but loves going home to a cosy night with her knitting.
Jay Scarrott – Co-ordinator
Usually found drinking coffee and hanging out with one of the many great groups in the centre, Jay’s laid back nature has made him a good fit for life at Three Trees. Coming from a background in customer service, the office setting was a bit of change but getting to interact with all the amazing people that come in and out of the centre makes it the liveliest office around. Jay is always around for a chat and a drink (means less paperwork for a while) and is more than happy to help with whatever is going on.
Ruth Roberts – Admin
Ruth is our temporary administrator (she prefers the term ‘Office Chief’), you will most likely see her holding a cup of tea, or trying to get the cats in the garden to talk to her. She’s a familiar face around the building and has been part of the community for her whole life. She’s always around if you have any questions or if you just need a chat.