Church Balk Centre

Address: Church Balk Centre, Off Marian Rd, Edenthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. DN3 2PT.

The Youth Centre as it was then called was completed in early 1972 at a cost of £22,000. It was officially opened by County Councillor A Oldacre on 29th November 1972. A service of dedication was conducted by Rev. H Bagnell, Priest in charge of St Hugh’s church, Cantley.  Mr Graham Rigby was leader in charge of the Youth Centre where youngsters regularly met for discos and activites. The building had an activity room, a snug, a coffee bar, committee room, leaders office, craft room, small photographic dark room, darts alley, kitchen, shower and cloakroom facilities.

Doncaster Council closed the centre in March 1995, this resulted in the building becoming vandalised and unfit for use. The Parish Council purchased the building for £5000, replaced the windows and installed steel security shutters to prevent further damage. It became fondly known as the Scout hut as it was now to be used by 47th Edenthorpe Scout group for all their meets.

The Church Balk Centre is situated on the playing fields adjacent to the new Howard Pavilion. In 2016 it began a further revamp with  the fascia boards clad with UPVC as well as new UPVC windows and electric security shutters installed, providing a much-needed improvement to its external appearance. Vehicle access to the car parking facilities at the side of the Howard Pavilion is via Scott Crescent (off Church Balk) and Marian Road.

Church Balk Centre and Howard Pavilion
Church Balk Centre and Howard Pavilion.

 

Current groups.

Monday – Scouts (6.30-8.30pm)

Monday – Little Messys (9.30am-10.30am)

Tuesday – Beavers (5.45-7.45pm)

Wednesday – Explorer Scouts (7.30-9.00pm)

Thursday – Little Messys  (4.30-5.30pm)

Thursday – Cubs  (6.00-8.00pm)

Sunday – United Methodist Church Group (11.00am-2.00pm)

School holiday club  – Little Messys (9.00am-3.00pm)

The Church Balk Centre is available for hire, for suitable activities at a charge of £10.00 per hour weekdays and £12.00 per hour Saturdays and Sundays.  We also accommodate private parties at a cost of £25.00 (for four hours), further two hour blocks can be added for£10.00  plus £25.00 refundable deposit (to cover any damage).

If you require a bouncy castle there is an extra £10.00 charge.

We have vacancies for hire if any group is interested, please contact Anne Flanagan on 07428005708 or email – edenthorpeparishclerk@gmail.com