These are the slides Hyde presented to residents at the meeting on 20 October 2023.
Live on Kennington Park Estate? Live or work nearby? Come to events or activities in the Centre? Do you want to be more involved in our local community? Why not become a Member of the Community Benefit Society now running our Community Centre?
Hyde Housing circulated a letter to all residents at the end of July saying that they are planning to redevelop the Community Centre and Oval Arts Depot site. The letter said that they plan to demolish and then rebuild the Centre and Depot buildings, and to build new flats on the site. This letter can be seen below. Many residents will remember that Hyde made similar proposals nearly a decade ago. When those plans fell through, Hyde handed management of the Centre over to volunteers from the Tenants’ & Residents’ Association and supported us in forming a charitable Community Benefit Society to run it democratically. Despite having to close during Covid-19 lockdowns, the Community Centre has flourished. It is financially viable, and provides space for many groups, including a drama school and historical fencers, faith groups, a youth club, several after-school clubs, Zumba exercise for older people, and a…
Kennington Park Community Centre is warm! and we are sharing our warmth with local residents who want to pop in for a cuppa, game of bingo or dominoes, or just to make use of our free wi-fi in a quiet corner. From 9 January we will be opening on Monday and Friday afternoons from 12.30pm. On Mondays we will close at about 2.30 but on Fridays we plan to stay open until 4.30. We are working on getting hot food and food parcels available to take home or pop into our microwave.