Hellesdon Parish Council
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Community Centre History

When the Community Centre opened on 10th January 1959 there were few to rival it in our region.

In 2021 the same can still be said of the Centre. For the last 61 years the Centre has served many people from the ages of 0 to 90 and beyond.

It would be impossible to count how many parties and games of Bingo and Whist have been had or played here over the last 60 years, but what we are proud to say is, that despite reaching its half century, they show no sign of stopping.

The Community Centre is constantly being updated for your comfort and convenience.

However, it is you the User that makes this Centre what it is and without you we would be nothing. The Parish Council would like to thank all those that have used, or will use this wonderful asset to our Community.

The first wedding held at the Community Centre

The earliest wedding reception we know of at the Centre was that of Margaret Francis and her husband Gerry in 1961. Margaret lived with her family on Middletons Lane and her garden backed onto the recreation ground, which, at that time, was a cornfield. In the summer months Margaret can remember playing on the hay stacks.

The couple’s reception took place in The Marjorie Lewis hall at the Community Centre. Of course this was before the extension was built, so the building was considerably smaller. Margaret had her pictures taken outside the front doors.

During the Second World War, Hellesdon was home to some Italian POW’s, many of whom never wanted to fight anyway. Margaret’s parent befriended a young Italian man, when Margaret was just a toddler. In 1999 Margaret and her family flew to Italy for a reunion with that POW and to attend his grandson’s wedding. It is lovely that they have remained in contact all these years.

It is a testament to the building that even after 61 years people still use the Centre for their special events.