The Harrold Centre Redevelopment Project

After much effort the redeveloped Harrold Centre reopened on 1st September 2017 with much improved facilities.  The renewed Centre includes new toilets with a separate disabled toilet, new kitchen and bar area, a spacious entrance lobby, an extended main hall and better use of existing space.  The building is now and attractive, light, clean and airy and suitable and welcoming for a wide range of community activities.

We believe that “The Centre” should be just that – the centre of the village – always open, always busy at work, rest or play with something for everyone.

In the last few years the population of Harrold has almost doubled and its needs are constantly evolving.  The redevelopment project has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop the Centre to meet those needs.  The needs of all:  the young, the old, the disadvantaged, home workers, mums, those who can’t get out much, those who want to get fit, those who want to keep fit.  A centre for arts, sports and the community it serves. Potential uses are only limited by imagination and the energy to make it happen.

The Centre was tired; and more importantly, no longer fit-for-purpose.  It was originally built around the turn of the 20th century and last had a major update in the early 1960s; 50 years ago!  It was time for change, and we believe the project has delivered to expectations and to meet the needs of the community. 

The redevelopment would not have been possible without the valued support of the many individuals who either donated funds or organised fundraising events. The names of our major funders below are on display in the building’s Atrium and shown below.

Adhoc Drama Group

Gale Family Charity Trust

Alexander Media & Production Services

Garfield Weston Foundation

Allchurches Trust

Harpur Trust

Asda Foundation

Harrold Calvados Society

Aviva Community Fund

Harrold Parish Council

Beatrice Laing Trust

Hobson Charity

Bedford Borough Council

Howdens Joinery

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

John Laing Charitable Trust

Big Lottery Fund

Paul Young Financial Advisors

Borough Councillor’s Ward Fund

Tusting Family

Connolly Foundation

Willow Songs Ltd

Co-op Local Community Fund

Wixamtree Trust

Foyle Foundation

 

 

We continue to make improvements and aim to further increase the use and range of events held in the Centre for the community. To help run our events we need more volunteers, so if you would like to help please do get in touch.

Once the main building works to get the building operational were completed, important additional works have been completed, including, provision of exterior cycle racks, acoustic panels in the Connelly Hall, broadband access throughout the building, display areas for local artists, new partition curtaining in the Atrium, and fitting out of a room suitable for medical consultations.

In addition the Centre is now home to a permanent local heritage exhibition.  The Centre holds a significant place in the history of the village and the display focuses on the history of the building and the village, and its important connections with the local leather trade.  Northampton Museum of Leathercraft have agreed to support us by the loan on a regular basis of various temporary exhibits.  Extension and enhancement of the display is ongoing.

A number of items remain to be completed as and when funding becomes avaialble.

  • Improvements to car park – the existing gravel car park is in poor condition, and major repairs and improvements are required.  
  • Provision of a new hearing loop audio sound system for the impaired of hearing – this will ensure the disadvantaged have equal opportunities to use and enjoy the building.
  • New main entrance doors to the front of the building – the old doors were not replaced in Phase 1. New doors will provide added security, insulation and sound-proofing to the Centre.
  • Separate storage building situated adjacent to the existing main hall – sufficient storage space is at a premium and this will allow the existing and new user groups to store their equipment without impacting on the day to day running of the Centre.

Buy a Brick to support the Harrold Centre and to be remembered on our sponsorship wall. Click here: Buy a Brick Application Form

The Official Reopening

The Redevelopment Team

Dancevybz at the Reopening

Councillor Alison Foster

The Build in Progress