There is a lot to be proud of in the B31 area no more so than The Hollymoor Community Centre situated just off the top of Tessall Lane. Find your way to it via the big green dome that’s visible from miles away and you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of community based activities that caters for all ages and hobbies.
The Hollymoor Community Centre is one of a complex of buildings that used to make up Hollymoor Hospital. The hospital was opened in 1905 as an annex of Rubery Lunatic Asylum and was commandeered during both world wars to be used as a military hospital. It continued to be used after the Second World War but patient numbers dwindled over the years and the hospital was eventually closed in 1995.
The buildings that are left are now used for various purposes: the doctors surgery and dental practice are housed in the same building as the huge green domed water tower (which you can still walk up apparently) the food bank operates out of the Chapel and the Community Centre itself is run out of the other large building next to the Chapel.
Birmingham City Council own the building and Longbridge Childcare Strategy Group (LCSG), a registered charity, run it on a day to day basis.
Lots to see and do
Despite being vandalised and having lead stolen from the roof, as well as having to put up with the bin strike like the rest of us, the Centre’s team work hard to ensure there are plenty of groups continuing to use the facilities so the local community can benefit.
“It’s all about being there for the community, no matter what” says LCSG Manager Tracey Nicholls.
The Centre is open six days a week and is home to a variety of different groups and organisations. You can learn sign language, burn off some calories at the Zumba Step class or the adult tap and ballet classes, kickbox some aggression out and learn some martial arts.
There’s also a nursery group, Excels Dance Academy, the Scouts and the Holly Oaks Day Care over 50s memory loss support group operating from the centre. The Dance Academy make full use of the dance studio there whilst the Day Care’s room is full of sensory stimulants to give those suffering with memory loss a safe and happy place to be.
Well sized meeting rooms are dotted around the building and can be hired out for meetings, training sessions or childrens parties.
Open Day 1 August
There will be an opportunity to see the Centre at the Open Day which is being held on Tuesday 1 August from 10am to 3pm. It’s free to go along and see for yourself what the Centre has to offer. The staff are working voluntarily that day so would like to see as many people there as possible. Hot and cold drinks and light refreshments will be available to purchase and you can see some of the groups ‘at work’. View full details or see poster below
How you can help the Centre
Most of the Centre’s funding is generated by nursery places but donations are always welcomed to help with the upkeep of the Centre. If there’s a local tradesman who can help with the broken windows, even better!
If you have any questions, offers of help or have questions about the services available, please contact Tracey or Jodie on 0121 683 7868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With free onsite parking, a plethora of activities and a dedicated team, Hollymoor Community Centre is a local gem.