Fred Gee Centre

Address: Fred Gee Centre, off Marian Rd, Edenthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. DN3 2PT

Previously called the ‘Church Balk Centre’; the decision was made by Edenthorpe Parish Council to rename the hall used by many groups, after Fred for his valuable work to the community of Edenthorpe. Fred loved this building. Fred Gee sadly passed away on 16th November 2022.

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 Fred Gee 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. Edenthorpe Hall Academy very kindly contacted us in 2018 to offer the centre some tables. These replaced the older, battered tables which had been well -used. 2019 saw a further electronic security shutter added to a side door, which previously was un-used. We also had a new kitchen fitted, which replaced the lovely 1970’s version, in the summer of 2019.  This has extended through to the bar area, bringing the kitchen facilities right up to date. Another 2019 addition – we had a piano donated by a very kind resident. We did have fun moving it, oh my goodness it was  so heavy! The piano is now  in the dining area for all service users to enjoy.

Vehicle access to the car parking facilities at the side of the Howard Pavilion is via Scott Crescent (off Church Balk) and Marian Road, Edenthorpe, DN3 2PT.

Church Balk Centre and Howard Pavilion
Fred Gee Centre and Howard Pavilion.

Current Groups.

Monday – Scouts (6.00pm – 8.00pm)

Tuesday – Mencap (10.30am – 12.30pm)

Tuesday – Beavers (5.00pm -7.30pm)

Wednesday – The Family Hub (9.30am – 11.30 noon) – Wriggle Rhyme & Story Time (1 session running 10-11am).

Wednesday – Explorer Scouts (7.30pm -9.00pm)

Thursday – Mencap (2.30pm -4.30pm) – Beginning 13 June 2024.

Thursday – Cubs  (5.00pm -8.00pm)

Friday – Taekwondo (6.00pm – 8.00pm)

Saturday – Boot Camp (9.00am – 10.00am)

Sunday – Available for hire

Look how beautiful the hall looked for a baby shower.

The Fred Gee Centre is available for hire, for suitable activities at a charge of £12.00 per hour.  We also accommodate private parties at a cost of £35.00 (for four hours), a further two hour block can be added for £15.00 plus £25.00 refundable deposit (any damages must be paid for). We also cater for business parties at a cost of £70.00 (for four hours), a further two hour block can be added for £30.00 plus a refundable deposit of £50.00 (any damages must be paid for).

If you require a bouncy castle there is an extra £10.00 charge, which covers electricity costs (You provide bouncy castle).

EPC Conditions of Letting of The Fred Gee Centre

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

This is the Church Balk Centre looking lovely in preparation for a family celebration.  They decorated the hall to welcome a new baby boy into the world, he had been born that very day. Well done gents it looks great!

The Church Balk Centre was also decked out for a wedding supper on a lovely weekend in July. The building once again looked amazing.

 Further improvements completed in 2019 -2020 include a new kitchen and bar area plus the total refurbishment of the male and female toilets. A disabled toilet and baby changing facility has also been created from the unused showers.