Why a new building?

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

Why do we Need a New Building?


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several times in recent years, the heating boiler is unreliable, insulation is inadequate and internal facilities are outdated.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.