Downley Community Centre
M: 07580 953 181
- Monday - Friday: 09:00 til 22:00
- Saturday: 09:00 til 22:00
- Sunday: 09:00 til 22.00
Downley Community Centre Information
Downley Community Centre
- Contact: Cathy Price
- Tel: 07580 953 181
- Email: email@example.com
Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00
Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00
Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00 on request
Downley Community Centre is home to numerous clubs, associations and the local community library and is situated in the very centre of the village on the old Middle School site between School Close and Chapel Street.
The building comprises two large rooms both fitted with modern kitchen units, has ample parking with access from School Close. The Centre has free WiFi, a fitted projector screen and can host functions for up to 120 people with full wheelchair access provided.
The Centre is run by a group of committed volunteers who meet regularly to manage and maintain the facility on behalf of all local residents.
Who uses the Community Centre?
The following are examples of organisations and activities that take place regularly at the Community Centre:
- Baby Signing
- Bible Study and Meditation Group
- Community Library
- Craft /patchwork group
- Dancing - Ballroom/Latin American
- Downley Bridge Club
- Downley Spiritualist Centre
- Downley Village Evening W.I.
- Downley Wine and Beer Club
- Downley Wood Carvers
- French Circle
- Line Dancing
- Local Art Groups
- Mums & Toddlers
- Simply Walk
- Tai Chi
If you would like to learn more about what is going on or see how to join in, download our Regular Activities file (pdf format).
How to find us
Downley Community Centre is located at the end of School Close in Downley Park. If you are driving to us come to the School Close gate; pedestrian access is via both School Close and Chapel Street. HP13 5TR for satnav.
Download our location map here.
Using the Community Centre
The Centre can be hired by any group or individual subject to a hirer agreement and availability. The Centre accommodates functions for up to 120 people.
It is ideal for local family celebrations, meetings, classes, exhibitions and training sessions.
How to Hire the Community Centre
Firstly, have a look at all the information on the rooms and facilities. General information can be found in the brochure which you can download here:
Further detailed information on room sizes, facilities, and a section on frequently asked questions is included in our Information Pack which also includes pricing information on each room and an order form. This can be downloaded here:
Check availability by emailing the bookings manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org We will be delighted to show you round of course, just ask.
Meet the Team
The Centre is run by a group of committed volunteers who meet regularly to manage and maintain the facility on behalf of all local residents. All full members have become trustees of the official charity which manages the Centre.
Collectively they bring a diverse range of skills and give their time generously, both in undertaking their various committee roles and in carrying out a variety of hands-on tasks including decorating, DIY, building maintenance and project management. They all bring enthusiasm, determination and the range of experience needed for this challenging project.
Mike Carter – Building Management.
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in building management. His experience is invaluable as we maintain and develop the old Victorian building.
Gerald is an experienced accountant, now retired. He joined the team in 2012 as our bookkeeper and since then has computerised our accounts system and completely modernised the reporting procedures for the centre. He is responsible for all hirers’ invoices and payment.
Barry Gay – Vice-Chair, Parish Council
Barry is our primary liaison with the Parish Council and is able to bring us the widest possible view of local community activity which benefits us all in what we do.
Paul Homer – Marketing and Purchasing
Paul’s extensive background in marketing and sales promotion is a great asset to us. His experience helps source many diverse items for the Centre ensuring that best value for money is achieved. He also undertakes all our promotional activities to publicise the Centre bringing news of all our users’ activities to the widest possible audience.
With a background in customer service and working with other charities Pat Koning brings a wealth of experience to the team. She is active with many groups in the village, notably the WI. She is a co-opted member and will focus on user-based issues.
Peter Loadman - Health & Safety
Peter has been active in the community for many years and brings valuable management skills to our operation. Peter is also active on the Parish Council and will concentrate on health and safety issues for the Centre.
Chettina Masters – Clerk to Downley Parish Council
Chettina is our Parish Council Clerk and acts as their representative on the committee. She liaises on our behalf with all the various District and County Council Departments with whom we have contact. This covers both our day-to-day operations and our long-term plans. She also takes special interest in all our children related activities.
Ken McLean – Treasurer
Ken currently oversees all aspects of the financial side of our operation. His project management expertise and experience of working with other charities is particularly useful as we develop the facility.
Fran Neary – Secretary
Fran maintains official records of all our meetings, produces and distributes the agenda and minutes for all our monthly meetings and the Annual General Meeting, which is held in March each year. Fran also focuses on how the needs of children at the centre are met including liaison with the weekly Mothers and Toddlers group.
Cathy Price – Bookings Manager
Cathy manages all aspects of bookings. She maintains our full calendar of events and issues all contracts and schedules.
David Worsdall – Chair
David chairs the management committee meetings, and oversees all aspects of the centre's projects. His activities include the representation of the centre to the outside world, dealing with local government, the Charities Commission and the numerous other organisations we have contact with.
Jenny, Parry, Angie and Graham
They form our caretaking team and take care of all daily access and security issues and cleaning for the building.
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