THE Sandy Hill Community Bungalow in Upper Hale officially changed its name to Hale Community Centre on Wednesday last week following consultation with the surrounding community.

The aim of Hale Community Centre, which is felt to be a more “inclusive” name for the centre which serves the whole of Hale, is to be at the heart of the community providing a sustainable, secure and welcoming space that is valued and supported by the people of Upper Hale and the surrounding area.

Originally the caretaker’s bungalow, the old building provided a base where community groups and individuals could meet and learn new skills; meet new friends and feel part of the community.

In 2008 as its popularity grew and the demand on space increased, it became necessary to provide a larger community building, extending its range of activities and facilities for the local community.

Today, the Hale Community Centre is committed to building on and increasing relationships with individuals and organisations with shared values; embracing a range of activities, from baby groups to seniors coffee mornings, from community gardening to cooking.

The partnership with Hale School and the Children’s Centre through the Sandy Hill Inclusive Partnership continues to thrive and grow and through it a number of activities now regularly take place. 

To help celebrate the name change, a community open day was held on April 18. Millers Ark Animals brought some of their friendly small animals for visitors to cuddle and stroke, including ducklings and chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits (pictured).

Many local families came along and enjoyed ice lollies and ice cream on the hottest day of the year so far while sitting in the community garden at the front of the centre. For more information about hiring and activities at the community centre visit