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Exciting opportunity to join a Community Focused, Community Led Organisation.

Opportunity Description:To oversee the management of this new, small charity with a turnover of circa £70,000 per annum. We are currently negotiating a Community Asset Transfer with Suffolk County Council due at the beginning of 2017, when the Castle Hill Community Centre and grounds in Highfield Road Ipswich will transfer to the Charity.

Role of the Trustee:Trustees will be responsible for the full range of duties of a Charitable Trust. We will be looking to appoint at least eight Trustees including a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Also Trustees with skills in publicity, recruiting volunteers, fund raising and people with a particular interest in providing community services for the North West Ipswich communities. There will be no financial liability attached to the role.

Who is 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

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.



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?  please contact louis on 07951779271 if you are looking to attend.

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?  Community Centre 01473 747053

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.

*** We now Have office space available here at The Centre.  All rooms                                   vary in size and Wi-Fi is available throughout.***

Competitive rates Available why not come and base your organisation here in Northwest Ipswich in a former Manor house.

  • 5 Mins from the A14,
  • large Grounds,
  • Large Free Carpark
  • Main reception is manned between the hours of 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday by our friendly and helpful staff. Castle Hill Community Centre also offers access to a Co working space,  Our co-working spaces include Wi-Fi access, printing facilities and refreshments, whilst our friendly and helpful reception staff provide you a professional service

                        “So the question is when are we going to see you?”