The Lymington Community Association has grown over the years from its original home in the Malt Hall in 1948. The Association now provides 16 meeting rooms of various sizes which are available to rent on a regular or one off basis. The Gates Hall (Formerly known as the Fuller/McLellan Hall) is a popular venue for parties, public meetings and monthly club events. Dance classes are regularly held in the Phoenix and Wellington Rooms. The Centre Pre-school is in the Normandy Room. For special event room booking, please see this page.
Many events are organised by the Association during the year. They are advertised in the Centre Newsletter, on the website, throughout the Centre and in the local press. If you can offer assistance with the running of an event, or have suggestions then please give the Centre Manger a call on 01590 672337.
Toilets for the Disabled and Baby Changing facilities
These facilities are available on the ground floor adjacent to the main toilet facilities.
There is a lift available for users of the Centre to access the upper floor. This is located by the Robert Hole Room close to Reception.
Induction Loop for the Hard of Hearing
Most of the Centre’s larger rooms are equipped with an Induction Loop/PA System, which is of considerable value to the hard of hearing. This equipment is available free of charge but must be booked in advance.
Safety and Security
First Aid Kits are sited throughout the Centre. Almost all staff have First Aid Training. For serious emergencies a 999 call should be made.
Fire Alarm Bells will sound throughout the buildings in the event of fire. Call points are positioned at various positions around the Centre. Visitors and Centre users should familiarise themselves with fire precautions and evacuation procedures shown on posters throughout the Centre. Emergency exits must be kept clear at all times. Get out. Get the Fire Services Out. Stay Out!
Electrical Emergency. In the event of a power failure the emergency lighting will switch on automatically.
Security The premises are covered by CCTV surveillance system.
Letting of Rooms and Equipment
See this page for a guide to room hire charges. Early enquiry is recommended as rooms are often fully booked, especially during the autumn and winter periods.
The Community Association does not accept responsibility for the loss of or damage to any personal property brought in to the Centre or its grounds. Any lost property found will be disposed of after a one month period.
Reception Desk opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 4:00pm
Outside these hours a message may be left on the telephone answering machine.
Centre Cafe opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 12Noon
Exhibitions of many kinds are held in the Centre, by both professional and amateur artists and craftsmen. If you would like to stage an exhibition of your own, or suggest an artist to be considered, then please contact Reception.
An extensive programme of day and evening classes is arranged at the Centre each season. Many are organised by Brockenhurst College and and some are run directly by the Association. Further information about these classes can be found by following this link to Brockenhurst College and on this page for Centre classes.
We are delighted to accept donations of books to be sold for the benefit of the Community Centre. The library shelves in the Walter Simmons Gallery offer a wide selection of books and puzzles, all looked after by Patricia Allott. Book Fairs are held periodically throughout the year. Over £200,000 has been raised since the scheme began.
Many of the rooms available for hire have a kitchen attached for use by the hirer. These are fully equipped for the purpose. The Association doesn’t yet offer a catering service, however we can recommend caterers within the local area who would be able to offer a service.