The history of the building and how we came to own it.
Built in 1883, Oatlands Methodist Church was situated on the corner of Mount Street and Gladstone Street. The church served the ever-growing resident population of the Oatlands community.
In 1968, Oatlands Pre-school began renting the rooms at the rear of the church hall providing a playgroup for children aged 2½ to 4 years. The Methodist churchgoers held their last ever service on 16th July 2006, the congregation were moving on to newer built, more modern churches and so the Oatlands Church premises were deconsecrated. Two years later in 2008, the church was put up for sale.
Oatlands Pre-school were determined to try and buy the premises, not only to protect and secure the future of the well-established, Ofsted registered Pre-school for generations to come, but also to rejuvenate the building, breathing new life into it by restoring it as a community hub and user-friendly meeting place at the heart of the Oatlands community.
After much negotiation, some extraordinary fundraising efforts and a loan from the Charity Bank, enough money was raised for a bid to be submitted for the purchase of the premises. In January 2011, the dream of buying the building became a reality when the governing committee successfully negotiated the freehold purchase of the site. The building came under new ownership – it was to be the start of a whole new era for the iconic old building.
Hiring the Community Centre
The Community Centre is fully accessible and insured and, as well as being set right in the heart of Oatlands, it is also located very close to local transport links. The Community Centre is open to both individuals, clubs and organisations as a venue for hire. The venue offers a main hall, kitchen facilities, tables and chairs.
A number of groups run activities from the Community Centre to include a group of former Methodist churchgoers who run a monthly coffee morning, Little Oats toddler group which meets on Wednesday morning during term-time, Rhythm Camp Out of School Club which runs during the school holidays and Weight Watchers. For contact information for each group, visit our Facebook page. The venue can also be hired for parties, social gatherings and celebratory events.
The Community Centre is run by volunteers from our community, therefore if you have any suggestions for activities/classes we could run, or if you would like to get more involved, we would love to hear from you. In addition, any offer of skills/time/expertise to help us is always warmly welcomed.