For further information and bookings:
Contact: Martin Spurling
Tel: 07756 575158
The Needham Market Community Centre was opened in 1980. It was built with monies raised by the Needham Market Community Council, together with a generous private donation from the late Geoffrey Burton, and grant aid from Mid Suffolk District Council and the Government. Since 1981 there have been three major extensions funded by the Centre – the Needham Market and Barking Welfare Charity, the Community Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and the Sports Council.
The present facilities include a main hall (equivalent in size to two badminton courts) and seating a maximum of 300 persons. The hall has a purpose-built, fully equipped stage. A smaller hall (the Burton Room) can seat 120, and there are two smaller meeting rooms.
The ancillary facilities include a lounge bar which carries a full Premises Licence on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (no membership required) and a fully equipped kitchen. The bar facilities are available to users of the Centre outside these hours by special arrangement.
The outside sports area comprises one multi-court with all weather special surface, a netball court and two hard surfaced tennis courts.
The office of the Needham Market Town Council is housed at the Centre and is open to the public on Monday and Thursday mornings.
The management of the Centre is in the hands of an elected Management Committee, together with nominated representatives from the various user organisations. The day-to-day management is delegated to a Centre Manager who is joint holder of the Justices Licence and who is responsible for the hiring of the many facilities available. The Centre relies heavily upon voluntary labour to fulfil its obligations to the community and additional help is always welcomed.
The Centre has charitable status and a day centre for the elderly runs on Wednesday with lunches available. On Mondays, lunch is also available, courtesy of the WRVS in conjunction with the local school. The Ashburnham Club for the over 60’s meets on Thursday afternoons, with guest speakers and entertainment.
Various clubs and organisations use the Centre; these include the WI, Badminton, Karate, Get Crafty, Laura Emily School of Dance, Ladies Sports, Carpet Bowls, Horticultural Society and Slimming World to name but a few! The Needham Market Entertainment Company performs regularly on stage and weddings, conferences and dances are also catered for. A wide range of annual events take place at the Centre, see the Notice boards or inside back page of the Town Council Newsletter for upcoming events.