Our board of trustees play an important role in ensuring Mr Walter C. Clarke’s legacy continues to thrive. All our trustees are members of St James Institute, or are providers of some of the activities that our members enjoy, so they have a genuine interest in the upkeep of the facilities and in ensuring that the club’s principle of hiring rooms at affordable rates is upheld.

The trustees are agreed that St James must be self-supporting and without the burden of financial borrowing and debt, and so whilst all income from the hire of rooms and membership fees is re-invested into the club, it is done so through careful planning, within the means of the club’s income.

St James Institute is entirely run by volunteers – our four trustees and a further four committee members made up of representatives from the organisation. However, we are always happy to welcome people who would be interested in offering some of their time to help us manage our responsibilities to Mr Clarke’s legacy. This might be offering your services as a handyman, or helping with organising club events, through to becoming a member of the committee. If you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Meet the trustees


Malcolm Gray – Chairman

Malcolm is a well-known figure at the Institute having been a member for many years. In addition to his duties as chairman of St James Institute, Malcolm is responsible for the running of the snooker club and maintenance of snooker facilities.


Chris Dennett – Vice Chairman/Membership Secretary

Biography coming soon.


Gemma Mawson – General Secretary

Gemma volunteered as a trustee in 2017. She runs a circus class for children from the St James Institute’s small hall every Tuesday. As general secretary, Gemma is responsible for the administrative running of the club.


Lawrence Millington – Treasurer

Lawrence became a member of St James Institute in 2009 when he joined the A team in the W.C. Clarke snooker league. He is very active in the running of the both the Institute and the snooker league.

As membership secretary for the Institute, he liaises with club representatives in the collection of individual member club subs and contributes to the management, administration and maintenance of the club’s facilities.

He is captain of the snooker A team and also the current serving chairman of the league.

Committee members

St James Institute Membership Secretary – Lawrence Millington

St James Institute Bookings Secretary – Vacant position. If you would be interested in applying for this position, please contact us.

Member representative, Snooker – Malcolm Gray

Member representative, Adeline Dance Studios – Terry Hunt

Member representative, Merton Table Tennis – Ron Watson

Member representative, U3A – Jennie Pudney


Latest Annual report and AGM

Please download our latest Annual Report (PDF) for details on St James Institute activity, spending and plans. Our AGM is held annually, on the first Thursday of March.