On the 18th April, following consultation with the surrounding community, the Sandy Hill Community Bungalow in Upper Hale, Farnham officially changed its name to “HALE COMMUNITY CENTRE”; a more inclusive name for the Centre which serves the whole of Hale. The aim of Hale Community Centre is to be at the heart of the community providing a sustainable, secure and welcoming space that is valued and supported by the people of Upper Hale and the surrounding area.
Originally the caretaker’s bungalow, the old building provided a base where community groups and individuals could meet and learn new skills; meet new friends and feel part of the community. In 2008 as its popularity grew and the demand on space increased, it became necessary to provide a larger community building, extending its range of activities and facilities for the local community.
Today, the HALE COMMUNITY CENTRE is committed to building on and increasing relationships with individuals and organisations with shared values; embracing a range of activities, from baby groups to seniors coffee mornings, from community gardening to cooking. The partnership with Hale School and the Children’s Centre through SHIP (Sandy Hill inclusive Partnership) continues to thrive and grow and through it a number of activities now regularly take place.
To help us celebrate, a Community Open Day was heldon the 18th April. Millers Ark brought some of their friendly small animals for visitors to cuddle and stroke, including ducklings and chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits. Many local families came along and enjoyed ice lollies and ice cream on the hottest day of the year so far whilst sitting in the community garden at the front of the centre.