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Who we are… Castle Hill Community Centre Trust

We are based in North West Ipswich and proud of the buildings vast history. The Building was built in 1893 and has been used for many different uses such as residential, hospital and schooling. In 2016 the Castle Hill Community Centre Interim Management Group was formed to save the building to preserve it for future generations. Whilst ongoing renovations have happened we have found many historical finds including roman pathways now on display in Ipswich Museum Castle Hill Community Centre Trust is a not for profit organisation. We have special rates available for local residents, charities and voluntary groups, as well as very competitive rates for private businesses.

The services we offer
Rental of Office Spaces
Suites or Hot Desking
FREE use of our good-sized car park
Pleasant Garden Area
Large Hall for up to 80 people
Shared Coffee Bar/Kitchen* Children’s Parties, etc.. We provide free quotes, whatever your requirements!
We offer the benefits of Projectors and Screens available at a small charge to hire
We also offer Free Wi Fi

Our rooms for hire…

Room 1 – Holds up to 16
We have restored this period room in keeping with the surrounding of the original building, period features remain such as window shutters, fireplace and original ceiling and woodwork. At the same time as doing this we have added a modern twist to enable your business to hire it as a stunning business or private hire

Room3 – Holds up to 25
Again we have restored this larger room keeping traditional with the twist of modern requirements, this room holds 25 comfortably

Community Hall – Holds up to 80
This is a large hall used from business meetings to parties, this has a kitchen area that can also be used

Arts & Crafts

Castle Hill Arts Society (CHAS) 

This group is one for anyone “who enjoys producing art and crafts in a creative and social setting at a reasonable cost. Our only rule is that we all enjoy what we do”! The group meets twice a week; on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

New members always welcome.

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The detail: Free art, craft tuituion & advice. Most people bring their own project & materials and do what they want to do but we can provide to those that need it to get them started. We do drawing, watercolour & acrylic painting, knitting, crocheting, card making, paper mache & working in clay. Or anything practible that people wish to do!

Cost: £2 per session which includes tea, coffee & biscuits.

Do I need to book? No, just turn up (Room 3 on the ground floor)

Is their disabled access? Yes but it is limited at this time. Entry to the ground floor rooms is via a ramp at the front of the building, to the left of the main entrance. A Hearing Loop can be made available if requested in advance.

What do I need to bring? Your project and materials if you have them

Who can I contact for more info? Gerry on 07443630072

Those who wish to  are able to sell their art and craft at various exhibitions and table sales throughout the year.

History of Castle Hill Arts Society (CHAS): We began in March 2013 and by February 2014 we became a registered charity so that we could start to apply for funding to help us develop. Later that year Ipswich Borough Council were impressed by our sessions at Castle Hill Community Centre and asked us to start a new group in Chantry which we ran for 2 years before rising venue costs meant it was no longer viable. We decided to move that group over to Castle Hill Community Centre too and now people attend both or either group from all areas of the town.

Room use/Office space

Room use/office space

Ground floor rooms are all available for community use and we have a variety of groups and activities using these rooms but there is often availability for more.

Some 1st floor rooms are  leased to charitable organisations as office space. Others are available on a casual basis as meeting rooms.

All rooms vary in size and Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Competitive rates.

From time to time rooms do become available so if you are interested in finding out more please get in touch to see our current availability

 

Drawing Room makeover

The old Drawing room (room 1) gets a classic-style makeover

It is still full steam ahead here at Castle Hill Community Centre in terms of redecoration .

We are now moving on to one of the other big rooms in the centre the Drawing room (In the Days when it was a private house). or as it is known in the Centre Room 1 this will involve a fresh lick of paint on walls ceiling, skirting boards, and new carpet.

The Community Hall has had a fresh lick of paint and the doors and skirting all painted.

The Coffee bar area and Reception have all been refreshed too.