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SPACE

South Bookham SPACE Ltd. is a registered charity formed by a group of local residents in 2011 to take over an existing Mole Valley District Council sports hall, run by the now defunct Bookham Boys Club, which had fallen into disrepair and been closed for safety reasons by the Council. We negotiated a new lease, raised over £160,000 to refurbish the building and completed the works in three months. We then raised a further £85,000 to construct a floodlit multi-use games area on the adjacent waste ground. SPACE has proved popular since opening and is fully booked at peak times (mornings and evenings) and is used extensively for children's parties at weekends. 

In March 2015, MVDC approved a 20 year extension of the SPACE lease. The local council decision follows confirmation that the renovation works met all the agreed criteria, the submission of past accounts and the results of a survey that demonstrated how popular the community centre has become since it was opened in January 2012. 

SPACE comprises a sports hall, café style kitchen, an outdoor floodlit multi-use games area, Outer SPACE) and changing rooms. The indoor facilities are used for over 40 hours during the week by 14 different groups for activities including a parent & toddler class, bridge club, martial arts training, theatre arts, pole fitness, and various dance, Pilates, Yoga and Zumba classes, attended each week by over 450 local people of all ages. Outer SPACE is currently used by Bookham Tennis Club, junior football teams and netball clubs, as well as for children's parties at weekends. 

In November 2019, we completed the building of a first floor extension, Social SPACE, having raised £135,000 including funds from the charity's own reserves. Social SPACE is large enough to accommodate meetings, classes and social events for up to 20 people (depending on format), with kitchen facilities and a balcony overlooking Outer SPACE. The facilities include a stairlift to the first floor and a hearing loop to encourage full accessibility and are equipped with a projector and interactive whiteboard as aids to coaching.