Barnes Community Association was founded by its members forty years ago. Then, as now, there were controversial changes proposed in Barnes which could affect the whole community.The founder members agreed that the BCA would channel opinion and influence decisions for the benefit of Barnes.They raised funds to save Rose House, the 17th Century house, a former inn, from becoming a supermarket. It is now the BCA’s headquarters and home.
In June 2014 the BCA was reconstituted as an Incorporated Charitable Organisation (CIO), a charity whose members have voting rights. The main purpose behind incorporation was to give financial protection to the membership and the trustees. The formal remit, within which the BCA must operate, is as follows:
To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Barnes and Mortlake* (“the neighbourhood”) without distinction of sex, race, political, religious or other opinions, by fostering a sense of community in the neighbourhood and bringing together the inhabitants, the local authorities and voluntary associations in a common effort:
- to advance education and to provide facilities for recreation and leisure-time occupations, in the interests of social welfare, and with the object of improving the conditions of life in the neighbourhood;
- to promote the preservation, development and improvement, for the public benefit, of the character and amenities of the neighbourhood;
- to establish a Community Centre (“Rose House”) and acquire, maintain and manage, either alone or in co-operation with others, the centre for activities promoted by the BCA and its members in furtherance of the above objects.”
The BCA now confines its activities to Barnes after Mortlake residents formed their own community association.
The BCA aims to support the social life of the village, to preserve its character and improve its amenities for the benefit of all.
The members of the BCA are its stakeholders. Membership of the BCA is open to everyone. It is the duty of each member of the BCA to exercise his or her powers as a member in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the BCA.
There are a maximum of twelve trustees whose role is to manage the association, as a charity, in accordance with the constitution. This provides for the election of nine trustees by the membership and for the elected trustees to nominate up to three additional trustees in order bring in additional skills and experience. Some of the trustees have been allocated specific responsibilities.
The BCA is run on a day to day basis by a small team of staff and volunteers.