Riverside Community Centre

Malmesbury Health & Wellbeing Centre, now named Riverside Community Centre.

The centre has been developed through input from local people making sure that each centre is as individual as the community it serves. They will provide the services communities need in one easy-to-access location by Co-op opposite the Fire Station in Malmesbury– placing customers and their needs at the heart of future plans.

The centre has been greatly-improved and developed from an existing building. The aim is to make maximum and efficient use of the council’s buildings and create centres that deliver more for local communities.

Malmesbury Area Board have engaged a group of local community members known as ‘Friends of Riverside’.  The members of Friends of Riverside have the job of ensuring the views and aspirations of the community are reflected in the way the centre is developed and delivered.

Riverside Community Centre was officially opened on 17 February 2017 and is already proving to be a hit with local residents. 

The ribbon of the Wiltshire Council-funded Riverside Community Centre was officially cut by council leader Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, joined by members of the Friends of Riverside – the local community group which is running the centre. 

The building hosts a range of spaces – there are four meeting rooms which can cater from five to 30 people, a dedicated arts and crafts space, a multi-use hall with cafe area, a space to showcase local art work, and free Wi-Fi throughout to help people stay connected.

Dozens of groups are already using the centre and making use of the facilities 

Visit the Riverside Community Centre website to find out more information.


December Update:
Work is well underway for an opening early 2017. Walls have been moved, new ceilings, lighting, flooring, painting, doors, heating systems, toilets have all been put in place. Friends of Riverside have wealth of group and clubs signed up to use the new spaces follow the links below to sign up to the Riverside newsletter.

October Update:
We are excited to announce that the contractors are now onsite, they have set-up the site and fenced off the compound. They have begun stripping out the spaces, and main construction is due to start W/C: 24th October. We endeavor to complete the works to the skate park first to enable them to continue operation as soon as possible. The site will be handed back in January 2017.

September Update:
September has been a busy month, planning permission has been granted, a construction firm has been selected, and work is due to start beginning October. Meanwhile Friends of Riverside have obtained charitable status: no; 1169149. They’ve had on-site meetings with potential users of the building and have started looking at spaces and availability, to register interest contact: info@riversidecommunitycentre.org.uk
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August Update:
We are coming to the end of the planning permission process and expect to hear of the result by 23rd August. We have now started the tender process for the selection of our contractors who will carry out the renovation works. Mean while the Friends of Riverside have now produced a website, email, and newsletter. All this can be found at www.riversidecommunitycentre.org.uk
On their site you can find the room rate charges, information about the group ‘Friends of…’ and sign up for more information.

June Update:
Planning Permission has now been applied for through Faithful & Gould, the project architects. Meanwhile on site, surveys, and build meetings are happening to form a detailed design of the build. This will form the tender package for acquiring a construction firm to complete the works. We hope to begin construction in August.  Friends of Riverside are looking into the soft side of the build and working with Wiltshire Council on the fit out of furniture and cosmetics. They are also formulating a business plan and will be deliberating room rates structure.

May Update:
Friends of Riverside are working with Wiltshire Council Arts Development to put in a grant application to the Arts Council to provide a community art project. This project will deliver workshops in every community area within Malmesbury and work to bring a collection of art works together at the Riverside Centre. We are looking for local artist to help lead these workshops and have the opportunity to be mentored by professional artists. Call for expressions of interest for a community arts project in Malmesbury
Planning permission for the small extension to the premises and changes of use will be applied for soon, and the ‘Friends of Riverside’ have now applied to charitable status. They will be working on their business plan and room rate structure over the coming months.
The Riverside Centre is expect to be open end of October 2016.

January 2016 Update:
Scott Farlow, an Arts Consultant is working with community members to develop an arts options plan for the centre. You can meet him and have your say at to open events happen in the building that will be transformed into the new Riverside Centre. These events will give you the opportunity to see the building before the build works start, see what is being proposed, meet the ‘Friends of Riverside’ and if you’d like to run activities from the centre you can register your interest.
Wednesday 27th Jan 18:00-21:00 & Saturday Jan 30th 10:00-14:00

The members of Friends of Riverside are:

  • Kim Power – Chair
  • John Thomson (Area Board representative)
  • Pete Gilcriest – Treasurer
  • Catherine Doody – Secretary
  • Miriam Nicholls
  • Margaret Perrin
  • Ellen Blacker
  • Ollie Phipps (Community Engagement Manager)

Find out more about the Malmesburys Riverside Community Centre or call 01249 709404 or email info@riversidecommunitycentre.org.uk

Updated 20 October 2017

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