The Community Centre
Stoke Orchard Community Centre - a truly unique resource for the enjoyment of all
One Friday in February 2017, the 'Beast from the East' struck Gloucestershire with a severity rare in the region. It effectively marooned Stoke Orchard from neighbouring villages & towns, and left much of the community isolated and short of supplies too.
It was decided to open up the community hall and shop that day, to offer essential supplies and a refuge for residents and families, so that those with young children had somewhere to relax as well as to allow the kids to let off steam. The vast bulk of the neighbourhood came to the hall that day, to mingle, to chat and to weather-watch. As a paradigm of what a community centre is intended for, this was the perfect kinship example and it encapsulated vividly how lucky we are in Stoke Orchard & Tredington, to have a building around which the population are so keen to coalesce.
A modern, award-winning, innovative building, the SOCC is Britain's only (to date) carbon neutral village hall. Packed with green features, such as air recycling, solar energy and water saving advances, the main hall is light, airy and spacious with under floor heating and a state-of-the-art surround sound system linked to a four metre screen. This makes it ideal for business presentations, film shows or photographic slideshows, linking simply with any media device. The building is licensed comprehensively, both for alcohol and music and lends itself perfectly to parties, business meetings, and a variety of class genres from fitness to academic and everything in between. A fully equipped kitchen includes oven, fridge and commercial dishwasher and complies with the highest food safety standards. The hall is also completely accessible, being all on one level with wide doorways, disabled parking and full washroom amenities.
Our meeting room is well-proportioned with a 60-inch smart tv, easily linked to any media device, and provides a more intimate venue for the more minor classes or groups.
With all facilities one could possibly need, the manager and the voluntary committee who run the hall are rightly proud of what we offer, both to our community and to hirers from farther afield. Affordable, clean and adaptable, its' reputation has spread beyond the local area. Indeed, in 2017, we received a national award from the Council for the Protection of Rural England! Completely not-for-profit and self-sponsoring, we rely on everyone's support and strive to provide a truly unique resource for the enjoyment of all.
If you think you would like to help at the Community Centre, in any way, please contact the Centre Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org