Heene Community Centre
A Short History
Heene Community Centre operates from a flint-based, old church-school building In West Worthing, on the corner of Heene Road and Winchester Road.
In 1984 a group of retired residents created the Heene Community Association (HCA) with one key objective in mind; “to form a community centre for the welfare of local people”.
When, in 1986, junior school children were moved into the new premises of Heene First School in Cobden Road, the newly formed Association approached Worthing Borough Council and asked permission to use the old school building as their community centre. A short lease was granted and using a skeleton staff of volunteers HCA began to provide meeting rooms to accommodate local people’s activities, such as, dances, bridge and table tennis.
The Association obtained charitable status and over many years of fund-raising by loyal members and an enthusiastic management committee, a large modern hall was added to the facilities, followed by a brand new kitchen.
After many years of negotiation, in 2004, the Association was finally granted a 30 year lease from Worthing Borough Council.
Currently HCA hosts a variety of diverse activities lead by some experienced volunteers. Our rooms are also hired by a multitude of individuals, including art groups and exercise classes. A nursery school operates in the upstairs rooms during term times.
This statement outlines the services that members and users of the community centre can expect from our centre and the values that inform our work.
Our centre aims to:
Our centre is committed to meeting the needs of members and users by:
Our centre is committed to providing: