For bookings, see the Timetable and Contacts at the bottom of this page.
The Kelsall Community Centre is a well-appointed facility that has been operating for Kelsall and the surrounding district since 1994, managed by a group of dedicated volunteers under the auspices of the Kelsall War Memorial Charity for the Kelsall Parish Council. It is very convenient and central, with good parking facilities, located just north of the village centre on Chester Road, Kelsall CW6 0SB, opposite St Philips Parish Church. It shares its land footprint with, but is managed entirely separately from, the Kelsall Social Club, the Kelsall Tennis Club and the Kelsall Bowls Club. Its principal accommodation consists of a main hall (75 x 35 ft), a Committee Room (25 x 15 ft) and a well-stocked kitchen. Photographs of the three main rooms in the building are provided on this page, along with an external view. View the Community Centre floor plan.
The facility is used regularly by various clubs and organisations, including the Parish Council, Badminton, Table Tennis, dancing groups, Bridge, Craftwork, Indoor Bowls and Tennis, Karate, various other fitness and wellbeing groups, Mother and Toddler groups and numerous other village social events. It is also bookable for private parties, hosts annual events such as the Beer Festival and the Cheshire Folk Festival, and can be used for charitable events. See the calendar of current events at the Centre at the bottom of this page. Bookings for the Centre have to adhere to the Rules and Standard Conditions of Hire, and a guide of how to use the facilities is available at The User Guide. The latest competitive rates (with effect from 1 September 2023) are outlined below:
|Hire (per hour)||Main Hall||Committee room|
|Private regular (pre 18:00)||£16.00||£8.50|
|Private regular (post 18:00)||£17.00||£9.50|
|Private one-off (<50 persons, no main hall access to kitchen guaranteed through Committee Room)||£17.50||£9.50|
|Private one-off (>50 persons, full access to kitchen guaranteed through Committee Room)||£27.00|
|Community (pre 18:00)||£10.50||£7.00|
|Community (post 18:00)||£12.00||£8.00|
Free WiFi on request
All hires include free car parking, sufficient tables and chairs and the use of the kitchen (which does not have a fridge or a microwave) and its contents. However, there is no direct access, other than a large serving hatch, to the kitchen from the Main Hall, so access to the kitchen from the Main Hall through the Committee Room when the latter is booked by another client is not possible.
NB. Longer term hiring rates for festivals (e.g. Folk, Beer) are calculated based on the number of days occupied and the above hourly rates, and can be provided on request by the booking managers
The Centre is a much-appreciated focus of the community. Rentals have always been kept as low as possible while supporting maintenance of the building in good repair, and over the years there has been considerable upgrading and modernising, some funded by grants of support from the State. Such activity is ongoing, of course, and some has been to maintain adherence to legal requirements, some to meet changing needs of the community.
For those interested in history, the Kelsall and District Rural Amenities Society (KADRAS) was founded in 1969, and when the first edition of KADRAS Newswas published in March 1974, it included an article by John Edwards, who advocated "a Community Centre to cater for the needs of the village...." It was, however, another 20 years before the Kelsall Community Centre was opened in January 1994, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Kelsall and its neighbourhood for meetings, lectures and other forms of recreation, and leisure time occupation. The story of how the Community Centre became a reality makes fascinating reading, see History of Kelsall's Community Centre, but all can rest assured that the totality of John Edwards' original vision for a Village Centre remains at the core of all we provide and do.
|Committee Chair||Andrew Payne 01829 751502 / 07733 227279|
|Vice-Chair/Development||Terry Harrop 01829 752466|
|Secretary||Angela Harrop 01829 752466|
|Treasurers||Nick Mayfield 01829 752105 / 07736 217177|
Julio Faria 01829 752716 / 07581 485136
|Communication||Gillian Allen 07590 558672|
|Booking managers|| Rosie Booth 01829 751114 / 0797 481 0035|
Beatriz Roel 01829 751502 / 07776 350942
|Maintenance||Mike Meaney 01829 751739 / 0748 209 9745|
Booking enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org