The West Faversham Community Centre was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on 10 July, 2012.
West Faversham Community Centre is on the west side of Faversham, at the corner of Bysing Wood Road and Wildish Road, near the Western Link Road. Construction was completed on 25 May, 2012.
It is a spectacular venue for club activities, family parties, a wedding, conferences and business meetings.
The centre, run by West Faversham Community Association (WFCA), a charity, offers:
A main space, the Colyer-Ferguson Hall, with a stage and tiered and flat seating for more than 300.
Banquet seating for up to 176
A licensed bar run by the Old Wine Vaults, Faversham
Large, fully equipped kitchen
Large car park
Suite of training rooms
Youth and community activity rooms
Large, fenced garden
Full disabled access
Licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies
Range of activities
A wide range of services and activities for all age groups is being developed in the new centre. Activities include:
Short-mat bowls, evening & afternoon
A pre-school nursery
Dance, ranging from ballet for children to Zumba
Keep-fit and Pilates
Weight Loss Classes
Kent Adult Education Classes
The centre is available for hire and is ideal for family parties, weddings, meetings, craft fairs, computer fairs, indoor sports, children’s parties etc. Disco and karaoke can be arranged, as can a bar service.
The aim is to provide a first-class centre with all the facilities that people need. It will be attractive to hire, which will generate income to enable the association to let rooms to local “not-for-profit” groups at reasonable cost. It will also fund WFCA’s aim to make the centre sustainable and to commission additional services for the community.
WFCA will work with housing associations, voluntary and community organisations and other public sector agencies.
The centre features or is developing:
All-purpose facilities to meet the recreational, educational and social needs of the community.
Offices for agencies and groups to work from and serve the community.
Youth club with its own separate space, operating three nights a week with qualified leader.
Daytime activities for unemployed people.
Regular activities for senior citizens.
Holiday play clubs.
Events at the centre
West Faversham Community Association runs and hosts a busy fundraising programme of events at the centre.
Nigel Kay Chairman 01795 531298 email@example.com
For details about the centre and/or to book space, call 01795 537321. Hire rates are attractive, with a discount for new regular activities. A deposit may be required from private hirers. Prices are on the centre’s website.
Many activities are held at WFCC by clubs and other providers. A full list is on the WFCC website. Details of some appear below.
Over-55s Community Afternoon Community Bowls Club: Monday and Thursday, 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome. Details: John (01795 534998).
Instep Dance School: Instep meets every Monday evening from 4.45pm. Its classes specialise in street dance, freestyle and cheerleading, with its own Faversham Falcons cheerleading team. Karen Cheesman, a professional dance teacher for more than ten years, boasts 100% exam results. Classes are pay-as-you-go, with no upfront fees. Details from Karen on 07734 047500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bysing Wood Short Mat Bowls Club: Tuesdays, 7pm to 10pm. Seeking new members. Details from Paul on 01795 537537.
FAVARA Badminton: Faversham Active Retirement Association Badminton. Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Peter on 01227 751486.
Pioneers Social Club: Over-55s Social Club. Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.
Membership open to all
Membership is open to everyone in West Faversham and the adjoining area, which covers the rest of the town. The cost is only £5 a year for a family of up to two adults and any number of children. For senior citizens, the fee is only £3. For ease of administration, it is hoped that annual subscriptions will be paid by standing order. As a registered charity, the association can benefit from an income tax repayment on subscriptions paid under the Gift Aid scheme. So, members are asked to read and sign a Gift Aid declaration.
All members will get a membership card and will receive future newsletters. They can (if 18 or over) vote at the association's annual meeting and will also be able to take part in social events run for members.
Volunteers are needed for many tasks. Most roles take only a few hours a week, and it is a great opportunity to get involved in this exciting community project, to meet new people and to learn new skills. Phone or visit the Centre for details.
Tasks include working in the fundraising team, delivering newsletters, manning the reception desk and helping with maintenance of the grounds.
Contact and website
West Faversham Community Association is Registered Charity No 1139228 and Registered Company No 7296070. Its registered office is:
West Faversham Community Centre,
Bysing Wood Road,
Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
The Community Centre and WFCA have a website at westfavershamca.org
The Centre is opposite Sainsbury’s. The entrance to the Centre’s car park is in Wildish Road. The Centre is served by the bus services 3X, 3A, 3B and 333 and (Sunday) 335 and 3.