St. Peter’s Hall served Westfield estate since the 1960s, hosting everything from carnival clubs to youth clubs, pantomimes to community bingo. Set behind St. Peter’s church on Coronation Avenue, it was the only community hall on Westfield, an estate of 5,000 people.
*Building the Centre*
Initial estimates for the cost were around £950,000. With the help of a
£500,000 Lottery grant, plus grants from many other sources (see below), we were able to start work in January 2019. By September 2019 the Centre was finished, and it was officially opened on October 5th 2019.
We are grateful for the support of…. National Lottery Building Communities, South Somerset District Council, Viridor Credits, Yarlington Housing, Yeovil Town Council, Diocese of Bath and Wells, Clark Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Yeovil Without Parish Council, Fairfield Trust, Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, Somerset Community Foundation, Abbey Manor Group, Battens, David Rivett Funeral Director, Wakeleys Funeral Directors, Westfield Academy, Yeovil Lions, Yeovil Squash and Bowls Club, St. James Church, Yeovil Stroke Club, the Co-op, and all the fantastic fundraisers at St. Peters Church and Westfield Community Association.
In 2012 the hall was recommended for demolition, and had at least 15 serious faults, ranging from asbestos to unsafe wiring. Despite this, it was popular and well used. Local community surveys showed a need for more meeting space, and somewhere to drop in.
St. Peter’s church began working with Westfield Community Association and the District Council in 2014 to begin planning and dreaming of a replacement hall.
Working with a local architect and builders, plans were drawn up for a replacement Community Centre to serve Westfield area. The brief was to have extra meeting spaces, an open plan foyer/community café area, improved heating, storage, kitchen, toilets and disabled access. We also wanted to join it to St. Peters Church, so the church could be used as an extra space when required.
As well as hosting the regular groups which used the old hall, the new Centre is a purpose-built venue for new commuity groups. It will also be a hub for community advice and support, with input from Yarlington, Citizens Advice, Somerset Skills and Learning, and Somerset Libraries.
The new centre is run by the Church and Community Association in partnership with Yarlington, and is be a great venue for hire, a base for support and advice for the whole community, and a local drop in which we hope to open throughout the week.