Poynton Community Centre is a registered charity (No 520098) run by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The group’s vision is to provide a valuable resource to the Poynton Community for social, educational and business purposes. The venue supports a wide variety of clubs, societies, educational courses, social, musical and commercial events.
We are always interested to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping us with the Centre. We need help with everything from grounds and building maintenance to occasionally running the bar!
So please get in touch, if you would like to give some time to ensuring this valuable facility continues to meet the needs of Poynton residents and businesses.
Secretary and Marketing TeamView Bio
I have always worked within the realms of education, from pre-school to adult education.
I have had many roles from, Chairman of the Parent Teachers Association, to supporting learners with specific educational needs. A trained assessor, verifier and moderator and a member of Appeals panel.
I trained as a teacher in Lifelong Learning and worked at Ashton College, supporting adults to become teaching assistants. I job which I absolutely loved
I am very much supportive of continued learning in all forms.
Upon retirement I grasped the opportunity to help the community centre and its development
I have an extremely busy life, nine grandchildren, two of whom live in Australia, and so pay regular visit to see them
Hon. TreasurerView Bio
Born: 4 Dec 46 at Hitchin, Hertfordshire and brought up in East Dulwich (1947-1969) and attended Alleyn’s School, Dulwich (1957-1964).
Worked for Westminster Bank, which became National Westminster Bank, (1964-2000).
Joined Cadet Force at School in 1959 and transferred to the Territorial Army (1964-2002).
Lived in Bearsted, Kent (1969-1974).
Married to Rachel and lived in Harpenden, Hertfordshire (1974-1988).
Moved to Poynton in 1988, only 28 years ago, therefore still a foreigner!
Geoff is married to June and they live on Parklands Way. They first came to Poynton in 1980 when Geoff was appointed NW regional manager for the Ford Motor Company.
He returned to Essex in the late 1980’s to take up the role of Government, Military & Police Sales Manager for Ford.
June & Geoff returned to Poynton 9 years ago.
In addition to his role as Chairman of the Trustees, Geoff is a Poynton Town Councillor, Treasurer for Poynton Men in Sheds group and co-founder of Poynton Live (www.poyntonlive.uk)
Marketing GroupView Bio
Keith is the owner of Mates DIY Centre in Poynton, which he has run since it opened in 1984 ,Keith is 61 years young and has been married to a Poynton girl called EIleen for 12 years.
Keith has been involved in numerous community projects throughout the last 25 years. He also works in close association with The Round Table and Rotary Club helping with the annual charity events they put on each year.
At the same time tries to support as many Community projects put on throughout the village as time allows.
Keith became a member of The Community Centre committee two years ago and is currently involved in the buildings and marketing departments.
Caretaker / ManagerView Bio
Born Manchester, 1946, raised and educated in North Reddish and Stockport.
Further education at Stockport College (Engineering).
Engineering and draughtsman apprenticeship.
Draughtsman, before going into industrial sales, which led to transfer to Canada (Vancouver) in 1980.
Worked in sales in British Columbia, U.S. Pacific Northwest for 33 years. Mostly in the forestry industry, involving the supplying of handling equipment and related supplies for the packaging of raw logs and finished lumber.
Retired in 2013, and returned to U.K. (Poynton).
Two children, son & daughter, who are Canadians, and live in the Vancouver area of British Columbia.
Health & Safety AdviserView Bio
I run my own OSH/Risk Management Consultancy: Risk Management Consultancy.
I have over 45 years’ experience in this area, and have worked for companies such as AoN & Aviva.
I am a Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH).
I have a BSc from Loughborough University in Chemistry & Management
Currently, I am a member of Poynton 41 Club (ex Round Tablers); am a Trustee of DangerPoint Safety Activity Centre in North Wales; am a Member of CamRA; support Spurs; am a Led Zeppelin & Rolling Stones fan.
I have lived in Poynton , on Brookside, since 1977.
Minute SecretaryView Bio
I recently retired from my role as PA to chairman and MD of a medium sized engineering company in Knutsford. I am a ‘child’ of Poynton, as my family history goes back over 150 years here in the village.
Together with my formative years, I have lived my married life in Poynton for nearly 40 years, we have two daughters who were very much a part of the Centre scene, joining in with the dance, Girl Guides, Crusader and Red Cross groups, not to mention the Friday nights at the Centre when we collected them from around the corner, not cool for mum and dad to be seen out front on a Friday night.
With my husband, we were regulars at the famous Sunday Folk Nights, we had some cracking nights.
Event OrganiserView Bio
I moved from Bolton to Poynton in 1960. I have been closely involved with the Community Centre, previously known as the social centre/youth centre.
I worked in the paper trade until 1976. I own my own business until I retired supplying sports- corporate awards.
I have had 30 years association with Poynton Sports club – football section as a player, secretary, coach and chairman
Marketing GroupView Bio
Zubran (‘Zubs’) Solaiman lives in Higher Poynton with his wife, Ruth and 2 young children (5 and 2 years).
He is a Business Development Manager with 15 years’ experience in initiating and transforming IT projects within Government and Utilities Sectors. He manages an international team (USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Poland, UK, Netherlands), and he oversees business growth. He is trained as a Business Analyst with a particular focus on business process re-engineering and operational efficiency.
With his background in Business Analysis, he is used to negotiating Terms & Conditions for various projects and different stakeholders. He is also an experienced workshop facilitator and a proficient public speaker.
In his spare time, he is active member of the Poynton Round Table and participates in local fund-raising activities. He is also keen on walking/hiking.”
Building RefurbishmentView Bio
My name is Graham Smith I am married to Angela with one 19 year old son Sam. I have recently retired after a career in Project Management in the Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Industry, latterly working for a large multinational company. I am currently a Poynton Town Councillor. Born in Hazel Grove and have lived in Poynton for over 40years. My Grandmother and two great aunts were all born in Poynton in the late 19th early 20th century, they all attended the old school now the Poynton Youth and Community Centre (The Centre). So I have long standing local links with Poynton. I am a member of the Centre Trustees Committee responsible for Project Management of the Building Refurbishment work now in progress
Vice Chair and GrantsView Bio
Although I grew up in Stockport, I am new to the Poynton area, having only moved back to South Manchester two years ago. I am married to Julia, who is a long time Poynton resident. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and work as Head of Finance at the National Football Museum in Manchester