Community centres

Most of our towns and villages have a community centre or village hall. Some of these are managed through a community association or village hall management committee. Your town or parish council will be able to provide you with contact details.

In addition, we provide advice and support to community centres with funding, projects and statutory requirements, often in partnership with other agencies.

We may also help with:

  • operational procedures
  • risk assessments
  • health and safety
  • marketing and promotion
  • training and employment / volunteer issues

We provide help to community centres at:

Bridge community centre, Newark

The centre is a purpose-built facility on Lincoln Road in Newark (NG24 2DQ).

The facilities have recently been upgraded enabling access for all. They include:

  • wooden floored main hall with basic stage facilities
  • kitchen with coffee lounge area
  • office used for computer training courses with Newark College

Regular users of the centre include the Monday night Bingo Club, drama and dancing clubs, as well as a range of bookings through social services, primary care trust and individual users.

For details of availability or to find out more about the activities, call 01636 703685 or follow the Bridge community centre Facebook page,

Coddington community centre

Built in 2006 as an ecofriendly facility, the aim of the centre is to provide a place for local residents to get together for activities or celebrations.

Facilities include:

  • main hall perfect for parties and badminton
  • kitchen with serving hatch
  • small meeting room suitable for business meetings and small parties

Find out more on the Coddington community centre website.

Edwinstowe village hall

The village hall was converted from its former use as a school in 1984 and formally opened in October of that year. 

The hall is used for a range of activities including a playgroup, karate, dance club, social services and flower club. Other organisations including the beavers, cubs, scouts and weightwatchers are also regular users of the main hall and kitchen facilities.

The hall hosts coffee mornings and is available for hire for parties and social functions. For more details, including a full timetable of events, visit the Edwinstowe village hall website.

Fernwood village hall

Fernwood village hall is a multi-purpose hall with seating for up to 120 and a maximum standing capacity of 180. This modern facility can be found on Rubys Avenue (NG24 3RS).

Facilities include:

  • bar and kitchen
  • office
  • meeting room
  • changing rooms to complement the outdoor facilities which include an 11-a-side football pitch, tennis courts and other recreational amenities.

Visit the Fernwood village hall website for contact details.

Hawtonville community centre

This modern, purpose-built facility in St Mary’s Gardens (NG24 4JQ) is fully accessible for all. It’s available for hire at competitive rates for meetings and regular bookings. Current bookings include hype youth club, Elaine Varney school of dance, seasonal football training, yoga classes and parties. The centre is managed by local charity Reach UK, who also run regular sessions there.

Facilities include:

  • large main hall (Granwood sprung sportshall-style flooring) with full stage facilities
  • large equipped kitchen for food preparation or event catering
  • large coffee lounge and bar area

To book or to find out more please contact the Admin Assistant Imogen on 01636 671939 email

Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens

Please use the booking page below to book either Chairs, Easels, or Tables for a set time.

If the person booking could be present 5-10 minutes before the booked time to direct staff as to where they would like the equipment set up.

Please report any broken equipment to staff on site

Please report any litter to staff on site


Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens Management Plan 2023-2028 (PDF File, 2,412kb)

Millgate community centre

Millgate community centre has been converted from its former use as the fire station sleeping quarters. It is centrally located on Pelham Street (NG24 4XD) and accessible for all.

A full and varied programme of activities occurs each week in the main hall, including yoga, art, bridge club, dancing and Millgate Conservation Society and Newark Wildlife Trust. It can be hired for parties, functions and meetings.

Facilities include:

  • good sized kitchen
  • refurbished toilet facilities

For more details visit the Millgate community centre Facebook page, call 01636 647 121 or email

Rainworth village hall

Rainworth Village Hall has a fully licensed bar and full self-catering facilities. Room layouts can be tailored to suit all requirements and can seat to 180 people for events such as weddings, christenings, birthdays and celebrations.

The hall on Kirklington Road (NG21 0JY) can also offer indoor children's parties, including disco and bouncy castle hire.

Find out more on the Rainworth village hall Facebook page, call 01623 490382 or email

Other community centres

We try to support all community centres and village halls within the district with the promotion of their activities and events.

Muskham rural community centre

A multifunctional venue for the whole community. Find out more on the Muskham rural community centre website and see the latest events on the Muskham Facebook page.

South Scarle community centre

St Helena’s church is a Grade 1 listed building which dates from the 12th Century. It provides a beautiful backdrop for private parties, events and performances in this community centre. Explore the centre, including an events calendar, on the South Scarle community centre website.

Upton Village hall

The hall is a pleasant warm and welcoming venue and now has a new moveable modular stage and spotlights! It can accommodate 50 to 60 people for events and functions. Find out more on the Upton Village Hall facebook page or call 01636 812416.

Winthorpe Community Centre

Opened in 2000, Winthorpe community centre has a main hall, stage and smaller room available for hire. There’s parking space for 50 cars and the grounds include two tennis courts a junior football pitch and play equipment for younger children. View the Winthorpe community centre events calendar, or to hire the centre contact Jane Bateson on 07514240453 or email