In 2002 a group of local residents, led by local minister Rev Mounce campaigned to save the building on Redcatch Road which had formerly been a local authority day centre for elderly people. When the number of people attending the centre continued to fall the building was closed, and lay dormant for several years, falling into disrepair, until Bristol City Council decided to pull it down. People felt it could be a valuable asset to the community and campaigned to keep the building as a community centre. 

The Redcatch Community Association was formed, a 10 year lease with Bristol City Council was negotiated, and volunteers cleared, cleaned, dug  and painted until the building was able to be used.  Several groups and a church community hired the building and the association were also proactive themselves in starting up the Redcatch Art Club and Redcatch Tea Dance and a drama group.  The Art Club and the Tea Dance continue successfully to this day, and a more recent committee formed the Redcatch Rollers short mat bowling club. These are now all independent self supporting groups. Several events were held to raise funds for refurbishment including concerts and sales.

In time as the centre was refurbished and improved regular bookings filled the diary.  It soon became evident that the original idea of a membership association was not needed by the community, but a high quality building as home for the number of interest groups  in an area where people are involved in many activities. There are currently 20 regular groups.

The centre is now run by a volunteer management committee of 8. We have a gardener and a cleaner but no paid management or premises staff, and we rely on our hirers to open and close the building and keep it tidy and ready for the next user.

As more improvements have taken place, it has become so popular that it is sustained simply from the income generated from its hire. No regular funding is received.

The latest  work carried out is the redecoration of the interior following the installation of a new boiler, radiators and pipes and cavity wall insulation. A pull-down film screen and attractive (blackout) curtains were purchased throughout to complete the transformation. Our next project 2012 is the complete overhaul of the kitchen - when sufficient funds allow, although work to the flat roof may have to take precidence.  

In 2012 an Event Team was formed - Entertaining Local Knowle.  Coming out of a very successful project Trading Local Knowle which brought plays written by local residents to be professionally performed in local shops for one day in October 2011. A group of 6 people thought this was fun and rewarding and started the new team. The aim is to bring art, theatre, entertainment and activities to Knowle - of a professional standard and something which is not currently offered in the area.  See our events page for details of productions. 

All groups are invited to send representatives to attend our monthly meetings, and future plans and any problems can be discussed at the annual AGM  and the annual Users Meeting.

 

 

 

 

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