Blackbridge Community Centre

Three Acres
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1RS

Following a recent refurbishment which included the installation of many new energy efficient features, Blackbridge Community Centre will be available for public and private hire from March 2022. You can hire the Main Hall, the Upper Floor Hall, or both.

Find out below why Horsham's Blackbridge Community Centre may be the perfect venue for your event or function.

Blackbridge Lane Community Centre Exterior

Facilities

Blackbridge Community Centre offers all of the following:

  • A traditional former agricultural building infused with modern features.
  • Two halls available to hire for events and activities complete with seating, tables and audio visual equipment.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Fully furnished kitchen with a small electric oven, microwave, fridge and crockery.
  • Free parking at the rear of the building.
  • Easy unloading access to rear and front of building.
  • Wheelchair access through the front of the building and disabled toilet and lift onto the second floor.
  • Following recent decarbonisation works, the building is heated with air source heat pumps and with solar panels.

New eco friendly features

Horsham District Council has delivered extensive decarbonisation improvements to the two adjacent community buildings of The Blackbridge Community Centre.

The work included replacing aging gas boilers with air source heat pumps, installing solar panels to provide a source of renewable energy, converting lighting to LED technology and installing additional insulation.

These actions will contribute to the Council’s commitment to reach net zero by 2030.

Find out more about the Council's climate and environment work

Main Hall

A large 800 sq. ft. hall suitable for seating 60 people, the main hall is situated in a former barn, with a high ceiling.  The hall can be used for a variety of events.

Main Hall Prices

Standard Rate: £35 per hour

Community Rate *: £17.50 per hour

Prices are per hour and include VAT.

* Community rate applies to bookings run by groups which are non-profit-making, including charities and the NHS.

Blackbridge Lane Community Centre Interior Ground Floor

Upper Floor Hall

The upper floor 600 sq. ft. hall has disabled access and can seat up to 40 people. It is suited to smaller events from meetings to yoga classes.

Upper Floor Prices

Standard Rate: £25 per hour

Community Rate *:  £12.50 per hour

Prices are per hour and include VAT.

* Community rate applies to bookings run by groups which are non-profit-making, including charities and the NHS.

Blackbridge Lane Community Centre Interior Upper Floor

How to book

Please contact property@horsham.gov.uk to enquire about booking the hall.

Read the Terms and Conditions of Hire

History of Blackbridge Community Centre

The Blackbridge Community Centre (formerly RAFA Club and St Peter’s Hall) was originally built as farm buildings serving Needles Farm, and has been in situ from at least the late 19th Century.

It is rumoured that these buildings are made from timbers from ships wrecked off The Needles, which lends its name to both the Farm and the Estate as a whole.

The farm buildings were converted into community use in the late 1950s, at around the same time of the construction of the Needles Housing Estate.  Part of the site was used by an ex-serviceman’s club since the 1970s until they vacated the property in 2020 due to declining numbers.  St Peter’s Hall was used as a Sunday School by a local Church, who moved to another site.