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Registered Charity No. 304823

Stradbroke Community Centre

The Community Centre is the main building for holding all major functions within the village. The building was completed in 1995 and replaced the old village hall and incorporated the sports club thus integrating both sports and social activities in one building. It is run by a management committee of volunteers which includes representatives from various clubs and societies with the village as well as the officers shown on the right.

The Centre is very much a focal point for a variety of organisations within the village and caters for all ages. The Centre also offers an excellent place to hold private functions and includes a bar manned by volunteers.

The management committee strives to maintain a modern facility and over the years has upgraded both the equipment and the building. It has free WiFi, modern projection facilities and a large screen for showing films and presentations.

All that happens within the Centre is carried out by volunteers without whom the building and facilities would decline. If anyone is interesting in offering their services, please contact any member of the committee.

Community Centre Contacts &
Room Bookings

 
Main Officers of the Committee

Chairman:                     Jane Merritt

Secretary:                     Margaret Streeter

Treasurer:                     Michael Moody

Barman Steward:          David Merritt

Maintenance:                David Merritt

 

Other Committee Members

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Tony Potts

Mary Ellis

Don Darling

Jane Gemmill

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Pam Cane

Dennis Merritt

Velda Lummis 

Colin Jones

Stuart Murdy

Fran Bishop

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The following Stradbroke organisations are regular users of the Community Centre:

All Saints Church
Contact Club
Cricket Clubs
Football Clubs
Girl Guides
Oily Rag Club
Over 60s
Parish Council
Play and Stay
S & D Bowls Club
 
SCC Bar/Cinema/Quiz
Stradbroke Craft Club
Swimming Pool, Everyone Active
Table Tennis
WEA
White Hart Bowls Socials
WI and WI Dance Club
Wine Society
Yoga

Back to Community Centre

The Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre opened in 1994, having been built in conjunction with the Parish Council under the chairmanship of Nick Stones. Loans were applied for from Suffolk County Council, MSDC and the Sports and Arts Foundation. These together with money raised by the community and some generous private donations from people who lived in the village, enabled the project to proceed.

The new 1994 aluminium and brick building replaced a pre-fabricated construction, which only had a temporary planning consent, that had come to the end of its useful life. The decision to build the new centre caused some considerable heartache and distress within the village, because it was strongly felt by many that we couldn't afford it. A great deal of voluntary labour and love had gone into the construction of the previous building but, alas, it was still only a "temporary structure". The brick-built Sports Club was already on site, and during the building of the new Community Centre, the Sports Pavilion had a major re-fit and was integrated with the new buiilding to create the Sports and Community Centre. At its opening, this was considered state-of-the-art for what was a 'Village Hall'. Since its inauguration volunteers within the Stradbroke community have worked hard to negotiate additional grants and gifts, thus enabling the incorporation of the suspended ceiling, a storage annex, projector and sound systems, wi-fi connection, an up to date kitchen and new furniture as well as a complete re-surfacing of the floor.

We must never forget the efforts of those who had gone before who made sure there would always be a 'Village Hall' in Stradbroke.

For a more detailed history of the Community Centre the reader is referred to a booklet produced by Gerald Jenkins (£2) called "The History of the Community Centre Site".

Community Center Geralds PartyAll rooms can be booked by the hour and prices vary, with local organisations and villagers having a preferential rate over external organisations.  

The centre has a fully equipped kitchen and licensed bar, hearing loop, projector, large screens and sound system.

The hire charges (hourly rates) are summarised below:

 Room

Outside Organisations and

non-residents

Village Organisations and residents 

 

Before 6pm

After 6pm

Saturday

 after 6pm

Before 6pm

After 6pm

Saturday after 6pm

Main Hall

£10.00

£15.00

£20.00

£7.00

£7.50

£15.00

Club Room

£7.00

£10.00

£10.00

£6.00

£6.50

£6.50

Webb Room

£5.00

£7.00

£7.00

£4.50

£5.00

£6.50


A discount of 5% is applied to block bookings of 5 or more events

Where customers wish to bring in their own alcohol, rather than use the bar, corkage will be charged at a flat rate of £15 to £25 for most small to medium sized events. For large events (a wedding or dance for example) the booking clerk has discretion to charge up to £50.

In order to maintain consistency and fairness the hourly rate applies to setting up time as well as the actual event time.

You can view all bookings here to see what's on and to check availability.

Bookings are made through Roger Turkington - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01379384248. If unavailable and urgent contact Jane Merritt.

The Hiring Agreement can be downloaded here.

Terms & Conditions apply.

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Stradbroke Communiy Centre is privileged to have both a large screen, blue ray dvd player and a high quality projector. This enables us to show high quality films in the comfort of our own village and without travelling to one of the larger cinema studios further afield. Once a month we offer a recent or award winning full length movie for view to the public.

The bar is open from 7.00pm and again during the interval when ice creams are also available. Tickets are £5.50 each for adults and £3.00 for 16s and under. 

Films for Autumn 2017 are:

Thursday 21st September Viceroy's House (12A)

Thursday 19th October Their Finest (PG)

Thursday 16th November Churchill (PG)

Thursday 21st December A Sense of an Ending (15)

All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Community Centre. If you would like to suggest films for the future or help as a volunteer, please contact Jane Merritt (01379 388382) or Roger Turkington (01379 384248).