Local Directory

Downley Community Centre

Address

School Close
Downley
High Wycombe
Bucks
HP13 5TR

Contact Details

Cathy Price
E: bookings@downleycommunitycentre.org.uk
M: 07580 953 181

Opening Times

  • Monday - Friday: 09:00 til 22:00
  • Saturday: 09:00 til 22:00
  • Sunday: 09:00 til 22.00

Details

News update 6th July 2020

Following the Government announcement last week Downley Community Centre is now ready to reopen subject to strict conditions set by new Government guidelines.

The management team has implemented a number of changes in order to make the premises Covid Secure. A limited set of activities are now permitted but restricted group sizes and social distancing rules must still apply.

We are now cautiously opening our doors again with all hirers being subject to restricted access and new contract conditions.

Prospective hirers wishing to return in the short term must apply to the bookings manager on 07580 953 181 or email bookings@downleycommunitycentre.org.uk to determine if they are able to use the premises at the present time.

 

 

Downley Community Centre Information

Address:

Downley Community Centre
School Close
Downley
HP13 5TR

Contact Details:

Opening Times

Weekdays

Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00

Saturday

Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00

Sunday

Opens: 09:00 | Closes: 22:00 on request

community centre marquee

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:

 

  • Aerobics
  • Art classes
  • 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
  • Lacemaking
  • Line Dancing
  • Local Art Groups
  • Bumps, babies and beyond
  • Pilates
  • Simply Walk
  • Tai Chi
  • Wargaming

If you would like to learn more about what is going on or see how to join in, download our Regular Activities file here (pdf format).

 


Latest News

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 recently 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 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 grants@downleycommunitycentre.org.uk 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.

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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 our recent leaflet 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.  This can be downloaded here. 

Check availability by emailing the bookings manager at: bookings@downleycommunitycentre.org.uk  We will be delighted to show you round of course, just ask.

Our hire contract forms can be downloaded here.

 

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.

Pauline Baker - Treasurer
Pauline joined the team in February as our new Treasurer. Pauline has extensive experience of accounting systems and audit work and particular knowledge of our accounting system. Pauline is a long-standing member of the Downley community and is active in other groups and clubs.

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.

Peter Loadman - Health & Safety
Peter has been active in the community for many years and brings valuable management skills to our operation. Peter chairs our Grant Awards committee and also concentrates on health and safety issues for the Centre.

Chettina Fenech – 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.

Tracey Mullett
Tracey has joined us recently. She has a background in corporate governance and financial services compliance.   She will assist the Grant Awards committee with funding decisions and help to organise future community events hosted by the Centre itself.

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.

 

Dave, Emma, Angie and Graham
They form our regular caretaking and cleaning team and take care of all daily access and security issues and cleaning for the building.

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