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Chester-le-Street Central

Chester-le-Street itself offers a whole host of groups and activities for the community to get involved with.

Chester-le-Street Community Centre is a hub of activity with something for people of all ages. Get involved with amateur dramatics or learn a new language, join exercise and keep fit classes or have fun with arts and crafts, get your dancing shoes on or bring your kids along to playgroups. Located just up from the town centre on Newcastle Road it is easily accessible for all members of the community.

By venturing a bit further from the main town centre, residents have access to Bullion Hall, a community building which plays host to a number of different groups and offers a range of activities. Get involved with: tea dances, carpet bowls, keep fit, yoga, painting, theatre, dance, IT and many other activities at Bullion Hall.

There are also a number of activities organised through the Chester-le-Street Community Centre, the Masonic Hall on Station Road, the Parish Church of St Mary & St Cuthbert’s on Church Chare and also by Cornerstones Centre for the Community at the Methodist Church on North Burns. All these locations are scattered around the main high street so are easily accessible to all.

For parents, toddlers, babies and parents to be, Chester-le-Street also has its very own Bullion Lane SureStart Children’s Centre located behind Bullion Lane primary school. The facility offers a range of courses and programmes for babies, toddlers, new parents and parents to be. Get involved with courses on: baby yoga, weaning, being a parent or baby massage, or come and join in with activities such as: play sessions, wiggle and giggle or messy play. For more information visit the SureStart Sacriston website: www.surestartcountydurham.org/BullionLane.

Park View Community Association is situated within the grounds of Park View Academy in Church Chare, Chester-le-Street in County Durham.  The centre is easy reachable from the A1M Junction 63 located off the A167 by car and also has easy access by foot from the High Street.  The Community Association has use of many of the school facilities most evenings and weekends throughout the year and some limited daytime usage during the school day.  More extensive usage also occurs during the school holiday periods when they have access to all the facilities during the daytime and evenings.  The Centre’s Main Office is located within the 6th Form Block where we also have access to a 3 Rink Indoor Bowls area and training room facilities.

As well as the Bowls Area they have access to additional training/meeting rooms, a 250 Seated Theatre, Performing Arts Studio, Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Outdoor Floodlight Astro Turf and a Playing Field.  The Community Association provides an extensive range of activities for Children’s & Young People as well as Adults of all ages ranging from Gymnastics Coaching, various Dance & Exercise sessions, Indoor Bowling, Badminton and Adult Educational courses.  There are a number of Theatre Groups that use the facilities throughout the year and put on regular performances.

Find out more about PVCA by visiting their website on www.pvca.org.uk

Teenagers & Young Adults

A new youth facility – The One Point Hub has opened.  The Hub is a place where all teenagers and young adults can gain access to services that support them.  The Hub is located at the rear of Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre on Cone Terrace.

Other groups of interest for the younger residents of Chester-le-Street include the Boys Brigade, who get involved with a range of activities both outdoor and indoor, and the Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets.

For those interested in Adult Learning and business advice, Chester-le-Street plays host to the CDC Enterprise Agency, Mile House and Bridge Women’s Education and Support Centre.

Get Involved…

If you are a resident of Chester-le-Street you can add to this page. We would like to include details of: other facilities in the area, any local clubs people can get involved with, history of the area (including any old pictures you may have), details of resident association groups and anything else that is relevant to the local area. Please submit all ideas via e-mail to contact@chester-le-live.co.uk .