The Ramsey Community Centre

The History of the Community Hall Project

The quest for a community hall in Ramsey goes back more than 10 years ago to when in 2000 a committee was formed with Philip Mellor as Chairman, Ray Powell as Vice Chairman and David Paine as Secretary.  Funds were raised from such events as jumble sales; raffles; boot sales and donations with the Ladies’ Tuesday Club being especially generous in raising many thousands of pounds.

Over the years various sites were considered for the centre including the site of the former “Reberto’s” restaurant; the “Ramsey Motors” site and the unused patch of land alongside the Health Centre.  None of these proposals came to pass but at the end of 2004 plans were announced for the Ramsey Northern Gateway development which would include a new Tesco supermarket and a community hall.

It took until 2008 for these development plans to move forward through the planning process at which stage Tesco offered to finance Phase One of the Community Centre project as part of their Section 106 investment in the area.

At the end of 2008 there were two proposals on the table; the first being a new building on Stocking Fen Road and the other being a renovation of the Methodist Church Hall on the High Street.  The people of Ramsey were asked what they wanted from the Community Centre through the circulation of a questionnaire.  The overwhelming desire was for a new building and the plans for the new centre were finally able to move forward.  Sadly Councillor Ray Powell died in 2009.

In June and July 2009 new members joined the committee and the decision was taken to become a registered charity with the name “The Ramsey Community Centre Trust”.

The Pictures below show members of the Ramsey Ladies' Tuesday Club with some of the cheques they presented to the Community Hall appeal.