This is what it looked like just prior to it's opening... And what it looked like when it opened in June 1984.
In the time between the two photos some extra things were added:
Fire doors, a disabled ramp, some red paint, a name plaque and it's own car park for twenty cars.
This is it's layout between 1984 and 2003
Over the next two decades plans for a purpose built building began to be drawn up and after full consultation with all existing (and some potential) users, a replacement Community Centre layout started to take shape that would hopefully fulfill the requirements of a community centre for many years to come.
In 2002 and with part funding from the National Lottery we got what we'd worked hard for.
The 'part funding' provided by the National Lottery was reduced mid design and the promise that if a two phase plan was submitted instead of the single "build all at the same time" plan, that the second phase would receive funding in the following year.
This is what the rebuilt Community Centre looked like a month before it was finished and what it looked like on the official opening.
The current building was opened on the 8th of February 2003 and surprised people by having two floors!
And it's layout including Hall 1 and 1st floor.
Over the years groups have come and groups have gone. The W.I market dissolved at the turn of the Millennium, the Registrar's service was stopped due to Hampshire County Council cuts in 2009, careers advice is catered for by several organisations and our fleet of minibuses were finally sold off in 2019. In 2020 we, like every other community centre in England, closed due to Covid 19 pandemic except for medical and educational hirings.
This is what it looked like in 2019. The old hall (called Hall 1) is just visible on the right.
A list of some of our users can be found here:
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