The Charity was formed in 2005, when a catholic chapel in Old Bursledon was put up for sale and purchased by public donation as an Arts Heritage and Community centre for the people of Hamble Valley.
The charity was named the Greyladyes Arts Foundation, GAF, as the Chapel was formally the ballroom of Greyladyes House, which is still in use.
The Charity has two main aims, to preserve the building and heritage of the Chapel and to promote the Arts in the community.
From the start, the charity has run an extensive range of events and activities, however in the first few years its main aim was to make substantial repairs to the grade II listed, chapel, renamed as The GAF Centre. With the help of Eastleigh BC, The National Lottery, fundraising events and generous donations, £150,000 was raised and spent on renovation of the building.
The charity is a company limited by guarantee and is registered by the Charity Commission.
GAF is run by the board of trustees who are all volunteers. The board are supported by a number of members of the community, also volunteers, who are involved in the day to day running of the charity.
Mr John Wood (Hon. Life President)
Mr Trevor Clarke (Chairman)
Mrs Susan Osmond (Vice Chair)
Mrs Polly Clark (Vice Chair)
Mrs Stella Gorrod (Treasurer)
Ms Catherine Sutton (Company Secretary)
Mrs Hilary Bax
Mrs Debby Myers
Mr William Rodwell
Mr Paul Shepherd
Mr Peter Taylor