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Launched initially by the local Children’s Society to provide services specifically for disadvantaged children in the area, the organisation has steadily evolved to become an integral part of the community. Established as a Community Centre in 1993, following the closure of a Family Centre run jointly by the Children’s’ Society and Humberside County Council, the Humberside County Council gave the building to the new Association in 1996.
Steve Snowden joined the Cherry Tree Community Association in 1994 as a part-time neighbourhood worker. Born in Beverley, he was dedicated to the Centre until his sudden death in 1999. He helped to co-ordinate activities and provided essential links to the local community. Steve’s son Matthew followed in his father’s footsteps and became a valued member of the Management Committee before becoming the youngest ever Mayor of Beverley.
A lottery grant in 2000 paid for the setting up of the Advice Service including a first floor extension to the main building and the re-building of the Tree-Tops Pre-School (now Little Gruffalo’s). The Advice Service and Pre-School are now very much established, particularly serving the local council estate. In 2016 the organization changed its governing structure to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and changed its name to the Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre.
The Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre has always been a base for local residents and pensioners, and has a Women’s Group and a Credit Union. The rooms are let to various organizations including Beverley Baptist Church, the Probation Service, and the Centre is also closely linked to the East Yorkshire Foodbank and distributes food vouchers weekly. The Centre has overseen many other community projects over the years, including a youth club and projects for disabled people.
The Duke of York’s Community Initiative was founded in 1998, recognising the important contribution made by voluntary organisations across Yorkshire.