HCC share ambitious priorities during their Annual General Meeting

Published: 10 July 2023

On Wednesday 5th July, at 7.30 pm, Hedgecock Community Centre (HCC) in Upney, Barking, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting comprised the executive committee, members, volunteers and community leaders. The meeting was chaired by Nazir Ali (Chairman), Tojomul Ali (Secretary), and Monir Ahmad (Treasurer).

The other executive committee members of the HCC were: Mohammed Hassan, Shahabur Rahman, Harun Miah, Suruk Ahmed, Yousuf Khan, Jamil Al Faradhi, Somsul Islam, and Aktar Ahmed.

The Chair welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with remembrance of a few key community members that have unfortunately perished in the Covid pandemic including the late Giash Uddin Ahmed and Azizur Rahman.

The chair thanked his predecessor Yousuf Khan for managing and directing the previous four years of HCC along with the 10 executive committee members.

The meeting was well attended by members of HCC, ward councillors, service providers and leads from key local organisations.

Nazir Ali also welcomed everyone and presented an overview of major achievements and any drawbacks. The Secretary, Tojomul Ali presented the annual trustee’s report and the Q & A session. The Treasurer, Monir Ahmad presented the finance report and Q & A session.


Nazir Ali said “In this new session we revamp and overhauled our organisation – setting up a new vision and mission, and held a series of away days, led by Monir Ahmad, and finally whittled down to the top priorities for the next 12 months.


“Going forward; my goal for the next year is to


  1. Initiate planning for a second-floor extension.
  2. Install a portacabin (already planning approval obtained)
  3. Diversify the board of trustees and membership – include 1/3 female
  4. Increase proactive membership
  5. Increase funding and fundraising
  6. Collaborative work with local organisations and the council
  7. Enhance better marketing and publicity of HCC work invading the social media space.”

Guests were allowed to make a few extra remarks. Cllr Mohammed Sadruzzaman Khan said, “We are fully aware of the great work of HCC and their contributions to Barking & Dagenham and wish them all the success in the future.”

Cllr Lynda Rice said, “They have done lots of great work from the centre, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, providing essential food items to the vulnerable and the isolated community.”

Cllr Faruk Choudhury said “HCC is a hub for the community, and we know it is being run by very talented and capable people. I am always very grateful for their dedication and commitment to this community and will always be here for them.”

Please visit the HCC website and Facebook page to find out more about HCC events and activities and how you can get more involved.


Hedgecock Community Centre

A Hub for the Community

Company no: 10751294

Charity registration no: 1180699

Web: www.hedgecockcentre.org.uk

Email: info@hedgecockcentre.org.uk