Hamsteels Community Centre

About Us

Since 1963 Hamsteels Community Centre has served the local community.  The original wooden building was demolished in 2015 and the fantastic new building which replaced it is now open.

The building is owned by Cornsay Parish Council and managed on a day-to-day basis by Hamsteels Community Hall Association (registered charity no. 1023749).

The new building has been made possible thanks to grants from Big Lottery Reaching Communities, County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council and local councillors and was officially opened by the Chairman of Durham County Council and the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Durham, Councillor Edward Bell, on 8th October 2016.

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Our facilities

We have a range of rooms in an easy to reach location suitable for a wide variety of events and activities.

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  • Main hall lighting
  • Main hall
  • Drop in area
  • Syd Duggan IT Suite
  • Room 1 - boardroom style
  • Room 1 - theatre style
  • Room 1 - classroom style
  • Room 2 - theatre style
  • Room 2 - boardroom style
  • Room 2 - classroom style


The entrance foyer leads into our comfortable drop-in/welcome area.  The Hamsteels Primary School banner is on display and the space is furnished with a range of chairs and tables at which refreshments and meals can be served, or simply a place to have a chat with friends before or after activities.

Our main hall is approximately 15m by 5m and can accommodate around 100 people.  It is suitable for meetings, parties, events, conferences and a range of other activities.

We also have two meeting/activity rooms which accommodate up to 35 people.  These are ideal for meetings, smaller group activities, training sessions and much more. 

The Syd Duggan IT Suite is furnished with a range of comfortable chairs and tables and is suitable for meetings, training sessions, courses and small group activities.  PC workstations for up to 10 people are available.

The kitchen is linked to the Drop In area by a serving hatch and is fully equipped with a gas cooker, hot water boiler, coffee machine and a range of crockery for all occasions. 

The building is fully accessible and has a hearing loop throughout.  A sound system, televisions, whiteboards, projectors and screens are also available for use.

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Getting here

The centre is located just of the B6302 Newhouse Road and is easily accessed from Durham, Lanchester, Tow Law and surrounding villages.

There is no car park on site, however ample on-street parking is available in nearby streets - please be considerate of our neighbours when parking though. 

Getting to the centre by bus is convenient with a bus stop on Western Avenue, a couple of minutes walk from our main entrance.  This stop is served by Arriva service 43 from Durham which runs every 15 minutes throughout the day and hourly on an evening.  


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A hot drinks machine is located in the kitchen from which a variety of Ringtons teas and coffees can be purchased for only £1.  Chilled bottled water can also be purchased for only 50p - perfect for those exercise classes!

Join us on Tuesday's between 12.00noon and 1.00pm for a Quick Bite.  A range of light meals and soups are available at very reasonable prices.

We can also help with all your catering requirements, whatever the event.  From tea, coffee and biscuits, finger buffets, soups and sandwiches to hot meals, we're happy to discuss the options and prices with you.

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What's on

We have a regular programme of activities throughout the week with something for everyone.

Please be aware however that sometimes activities may change. You can check the times of specfic activities by contacting us for more details. 

Community Centre Brochure (pdf, 601kb)

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Prices start from just £15.00 per hour for the main hall depending on the time and day of the week, and we can discuss pricing for other rooms on request. 

We offer discounts for long term bookings and are happy to accept payment by cash, cheque or BACS.

Feel free to get in touch and we'll be happy to discuss the options with you. 

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Contact us

Hamsteels Community Centre, Western Avenue, Esh Winning, Co. Durham, DH7 9LS

Tel: 0191 447 2332
Email: communityhall@cornsaypc.org.uk

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Please contact Rhoda Makepeace for all booking enquiries.

Tel: 0191 447 2332
Email: communityhall@cornsaypc.org.uk

If you wish to make a booking, please use our hire form.

Agreement for Hire of Venue (MS Word)
Agreement for Hire of Venue (pdf)

Terms & Conditions of Hire (pdf)

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