Oliver's Battery Community Centre
Building a Hub for our Community
Olivers Battery Community Centre Ltd
Company limited by Guarantee
Company number: 09882906Ch
Registered address: 7 Bournemouth Road
Chandlers Ford, Hants, SO53 3DA
Charity number: 1173149
A wooden community building costing £10 was erected on this site in 1925, almost 100 years ago. During the Second World War it was used by the army. By 1956, it had become unusable and was replaced with a prefabricated concrete building at a cost of £4,000. Sixty years later, this building too is showing signs of age: the roof has been repaired several times in recent years, the heating boiler is unreliable, insulation is inadequate and internal facilities are outdated.
However, the building has always been at the heart of the community and has played host to countless activities from brownies to elderly people's clubs, from disco dancing to ballroom, from patchwork quilting to community history, from WI meetings to village fetes, from sales of work to private parties, plus regular Parish Council meetings and church services. In any given week, there are yoga and keep fit classes, choir practices, and dancing classes. All this is at risk, should the building have to close.
Our vision is to sustain and enhance existing community activities, to enable the return of user groups which have outgrown the current building and moved to other venues, and foster the formation of new user groups, within a modern, efficient, and flexible building which can support multiple types of activities and provide long term sustainability.