Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre
Layout and description of its facilities
The Community Centre, as it is commonly known, is a registered charity (no.1076628) and was established as a private company (no.3620572) limited by guarantee in August 1998. The building, originally a state school built in about 1858, was purchased by the Lingfield and Dormansland Parish Council in 1998 and leased to the Company for the purpose of promoting education, recreation and leisure-time pursuits for the benefit of local community. Click here for the story. The Community Centre has had four major refurbishments. The most recent in 2012 and in January 2013 all the ground floor refurbished. It is centrally heated, has six meeting rooms, a garden, car park and the usual facilities and is fully accessible by the disabled visitor.
Considerable effort is made to maintain and develop the Community Centre to a high standard. Considerable because the building is nearly 150 years old and development so as to cater better for our present users and to attract more users from the Lingfield and Dormansland and surrounding areas. In this year 2014 has seen the floor covering replaced by Karndean vinyl and ??? engineering boards. New curtains and a folding wall for the Llewelyn Palmer Hall. A shower facility in the toilet for the disabled toilet. A new fire alarm system and new leaflet display boards in the corridor. Mindful of the age of the building the roof and chimney over the store 19 had to be repaired. Thanks to the enthusiastic and competent work of the HM Probation Service Community Payback teams supervised by Susan Jeffree almost all of exterior and interior has been redecorated.
That is not all, later in the year we plan to upgrade the now unreliable central heating system with new boilers and a state of the art zone controlled heating system, Primarily for the recently established Lingfield Film Club two projector screens 92cms wide will be installed in the Llewelyn Palmer Hall. In the longer term we plan to install a state of the art PA system for use by all users including the Film Club and by others who want such facilities.
We are grateful and thank all who have made this progress possible; Centre management, staff and volunteers, grant bodies (see acknowledgements), professional contractors and suppliers and, not least, the HM Probation Service Community Payback (CPs) teams. Their enthusiastic approach to the work and in many instances expertise have under the supervision of Susan Jeffree resulted in excellent results at no cost to the Community Centre except for paint and accessories
Llewelyn Palmer Hall
Llewelyn Palmer Hall measures approximately 16m x 6m (52ft.6in x 19ft.8ins) = 107m2.
It is ideal for meetings both public and private, dance classes, yoga, children's parties, receptions, exhibitions. The Lingfield Film Club use this hall click here for details. It has a newly laid hard wood floor, a folding wall to divide the hall when necessary and new curtains and blinds The hall has a high ceiling, is well lit and equipped with a public address system and a loop system for those who's hearing is challenged. Patio doors lead to a delightfully paved walled garden. Next to the Llewelyn Palmer Hall is the Orpen Lounge which many users hire as a resting place, bar and kitchen facility supporting their function in the hall.
The Allison Room named in memory of Jack Allison (1916-87) one time chair of the Lingfield Committee measures 5.9m x 6.5m (19ft.4ins x 21ft.4ins) = 41 m2.It has recently been tastefully decorated by the CP team and the wood block flooring was restored. Its outside wall contains three large windows so that the light is particularly good and appreciated by those classes doing close work, e.g. china restoration, painting, calligraphy, etc. The room is equipped with a loop system for the hard of hearing, a sink with kettle for making refreshments, a blackboard and a wall mounted projector screen.
The Plaxton Room recently decorated by the CPs and named after the Revd. Canon Edmund Plaxton vicar (1993-2003) occupies a first floor location above the IT Room. It measures 9.4m x 5.6m (30ft. x 18ft.4ins) and is close carpeted, tastefully decorated, well lit with double aspect windows and complete with sink, crockery and served with hot water. Access is by stairs and a stair lift for the less able. The Plaxton Room is a popular room for small meetings, training seminars and special exhibitions.
This delightful lounge/kitchen measures 7m x 6m (23ft x 19ft.8ins) = 36m2
It is named in memory of Henry Orpen one time chair of the Parish Council.
With three large windows and good artificial lighting comfortably furnished mainly with chairs funded by grants from the Lingfield Marathon Committee it provides a venue for local folk to meet for 'Coffee and Chat' on a Saturday morning. With its well equipped kitchen it provides the opportunity to prepare and serve food and drink for functions particularly like children's parties in the adjacent Llewelyn Palmer Hall. An ideal place to rest and wait awhile it is freely available to all subject to its use for a particular function. Artists may like to mount exhibitions of their paintings, calligraphy, photography, etc. for short periods; for details please contact the Centre Manager 01342 833893
The East Room is occupied by the Surrey Police Authority
for use by the local police as their office.
This office is only for the police; the public do not have access
although they are pleased to meet people at
the Community Centre. Call us on 0845
125 2222 In an emergency call 999
Call us on 0845 125 2222
In an emergency call 999
The IT Room measures 6m x 4m (19ft.8ins x 13ft.1ins) and
offers the use of 5 computers together with access to the Internet.
For full details of its computer facilities please see 'IT Room' by clicking here.
This delightful paved garden was established in the year 2000 with money from the Lottery Community Fund and planted and furnished by donations from local businesses and residents. It is easily accessed from the Llewelyn Palmer Hall and the rear corridor and provides a safe play area for children, a rest in the sun for others and is freely available to all who use the Community Centre.
Hiring a room
Hiring a room in the Community Centre can be easily done by visiting the Centre or 'phoning the Centre Manager (01342 833893) or by filling in the form by clicking here and posting it or giving it to the Centre Manager at Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, High Street, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6AU. details of the hire charges are included in the room for hire form.
The day to day activities of the Community Centre is managed by the Centre Managers Claire Thomas and assisted by Karil Greenhalgh; they will be delighted to show you round the Centre and its facilities, take your bookings, direct you to an appropriate class or group and answer your queries. Contact them by 'phone on 01342 833893 or by email at email@example.com or by the contact page, click here.
The Parish Office
The Community Centre is pleased to accommodate the Parish Office.
Fay Elwood is the Parish Clerk. Fay will be pleased to see you in her
office, Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9am and 12noon or
telephone her on 01342 835557 or
email: <firstname.lastname@example.org >
& Dormansland Community Centre
9am to 4.30pm (Monday – Thursday) 9am to