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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Art Inspiration for children
- Baby Signing
- Bible Study and Meditation Group
- Community Library
- Counselling sessions
- 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
- Extra tuition classes for children (Maths and English)
- French Circle
- Line Dancing
- Local Art Groups
- Bumps, babies and beyond
- 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).
Downley Community Centre is much more than a meeting place in the centre of Downley.
Over the last 3 years the Centre has been very active in donating to charitable causes and sponsoring local events.
The Centre has donated funds of:
- £500 for local children’s charity Rosie’s Rainbow Fund by organising its first community family fun day
- £255 to Butterfly House, previously known as South Bucks Hospice (a sum matched by Downley Parish Council)
- £600+ for Macmillan’s Cancer Support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
- Pledged a substantial contribution in conjunction with Downley Parish Council towards a detailed road safety assessment survey
- Contributed to CCTV surveillance cameras in conjunction with Downley Parish Council to monitor fly-tipping and other rural crime offences
- The venue has hosted community based events too and waived normal hire charges:
- Annual Art Show in conjunction with Downley’s Up Festival
- Run free mindfulness and well-being sessions for children
- Organised a free Neighbourhood Watch meeting on “cons, scams, doorstep issues & cybercrime”
- Managed a number of health specific initiatives including free NHS health check sessions, defibrillator training, first aid courses, fall prevention talks, food safety and hygiene courses
The Community Centre has also recently established a formal grant funding scheme to support local community projects. Any Downley area club or association may apply if they are looking for financial support for a local, non-profit activity or initiative that directly benefits the local community.
In the first instance please contact us on email@example.com or download an application form here. The committee will assess proposals for all projects on a monthly basis. You can read our grants policy guidelines here.
How to find the Centre
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. They all bring enthusiasm, determination and the range of experience needed for this challenging project. Roles include building maintenance, project and financial management and business skills as well as a wide range of contacts through related activities in the local community.
Mike Carter – Building Management.
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in building management. His experience of working with other charities over many years is invaluable as we develop the old Victorian building.
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 focuses particularly on our events programme.
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 chairman of the Parish Council and concentrates 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.
Liza is active in the Downley school and currently chairs the Parent Association. She brings in much experience in organising community and fund-raising events especially for families and children. She focuses on developing our community based activities and our links to the school and has joined the team to help build closer relationships within the community.
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.
Cathy Price – Bookings Manager
Cathy manages all aspects of bookings. She maintains our full calendar of events and issues all contracts and schedules. Cathy is also active in other groups in the village which ensures we stay at the heart of community activities.
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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