Kingsley Centre

The Kingsley Centre is the headquarters of the Kingsley Organisation.  We were established in 1987 and focus on twin aims:

  • To provide self-development and training opportunities with and for disabled people
  • To provide services to the community in an inclusive and enabling environment so that everyone can enjoy a variety of resources and opportunities, which promote learning, well-being and community cohesion.

At the Kingsley Centre, our community services are provided with the involvement of our disabled participants, facilitating interaction with, and thereby encouraging a greater understanding of, disability issues in general. 

As well as providing the home for the village shop and Post Office and having rooms for hire, we are also the venue for a number of regular activities, including a coffee morning, ballroom dancing, our local angling club, singing, drumming, pilates and yoga.  We organise a variety of community activies and events, including a community lunch, interest talks, gardening and wildlife workshops and a reminiscence group.  Kingsley Centre is also a LINC (Local Information Networking Community) Information Point and Café, a Hampshire County Council Community Access Point and a Tourist Information Point. 

For more information about any of our regular activities please contact:
Jane Kincaid
jane@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Self-development and training opportunities

Village Shop

Our village shop was established to provide realistic retail training for disabled people and a much needed service to the local rural community.  Our shop creates meaningful opportunities for our participants and volunteers to gain retail skills and work experience.  These include operating the till, numeracy and money skills, stock control, customer service, food hygiene, shop displays and promotions, social and communication skills and basic employability skills.

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 8am to 4pm

Our range includes:

  • fresh bread and pastries baked on site
  • daily newspapers
  • magazines
  • fresh meat
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • chilled foods
  • sandwiches
  • groceries
  • sweets and chocolates
  • soft drinks
  • beers and wines
  • greetings cards

All the profits from our Village Shop are invested in maintaining the Kingsley Centre and the work of the Kingsley Organisation. The shop is run by Kingsley Organisation Enterprises Limited, a Community Interest Company and owned by the Kingsley Organisation.

Providing realistic retail training

Post Office

The Post Office offers disabled volunteers the opportunity to provide vital services to our local rural customers and was crowned The Post Offices Community Champion in 2017.

Opening Times
Monday 10am to 1pm 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 10am to 1pm 2pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am to 1pm 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 10am to 1pm 2pm to 4.30pm
Friday 10am to 1pm 2pm to 4.30pm

Accepting our Community Champion Award

Room Hire at the Kingsley Centre

At the Kingsley Centre our Main Hall, Meadow Room and Skyview Room are available to hire at very competitive prices for local groups, functions, business meetings and private events.  There is a reduced rate for community groups and charities.

We have ample chairs and tables, a well equipped kitchen and can provide crockery, cutlery and glass hire.  Our Café offers refreshments and catering for your meetings and events.

We have free WiFi.  Printing and photocopying facilities are available at a small additional cost.

All of our facilities are fully accessible and there is ample free parking

Contact:
Jane Kincaid, Community Project Worker
jane@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Community Activities at the Kingsley centre

Welcome Wednesdays

Come for Coffee, meet old friends and make new ones, join our activity sessions and stay for lunch.

Held every other Wednesday.  Everyone Welcome.  

Home cooked, two course lunch served at 12.30pm.  Optional activity session, includes singing and music, gentle exercise and information talks, before and after lunch. 

£3.50 for lunch, with an additional £1.00 to take part in the activities. 

Community Coffee Morning

Every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12 pm  there is a community coffee morning at the Kingsley Centre.    This is run by villagers and everyone is welcome.  

Contact:
Lynne Jeffery, Community Project Worker
lynne@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

LINC - Local Information, Advice and Signposting

The Kingsley Centre is part of LINC the Local Information Networking Community. We are open as part of LINC Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm.  Anyone is welcome to drop in for local information, advice and signposting.

We also hold a Community Information Cafe on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10am until 12pm.

The Kingsley Centre is also a Hampshire County Council Customer Access Point and a Tourist Information Point. 

LINC - Community Information Cafe

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month we hold a Community Information Cafe from 10am to 12pm in the Kingsley Centre Coffee Shop.  Everyone is welcome to drop in.  

This is open to anyone who would like to access local information, advice and signposting or who would like to meet new people over tea, coffee and cakes.

Anyone is welcome to drop in