18 April, 2009


Community Resource Service

Eastney Community Resource Centre (AKA Cockleshell Centre)
Situated near the sea front at Eastney, this newly built Centre offers modern facilities including access and provision for disabled people. This comprises of a main hall/function room with licensed bar/disco (capacity 100 approx), two/four smaller activity rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, ample toilet facilities (some with a shower), a pleasant, grassed outdoor area with trees and shrubbery and a children's play park. There is on site parking for around 20 vehicles. The Centre has a varied programme of regular social, informative, entertaining and educational events. Regular items for weekdays include Parent and Toddler groups, "Sunbeams" Children's Crèche, drop-in coffee morning, discussion/talk groups, as well as slimming and aerobic groups for the ladies, although men are always welcome. There are also seasonal Social events e.g. summer BBQs, Halloween parties, Christmas and New Year parties. The Centre is also available for private hire. The Community Resource team members are always receptive to new ideas for groups and Centre usage.

The Social Committee consists of volunteers working for your community, organising Family Discos, Quiz Nights, Theme events and so much more. As with all voluntary roles, new people with ideas, commitment and enthusiasm are always wanted. So if you have an interest in your community, please come along, the rewards are many - fun evenings and great appreciation for all that you do!

Suzanne Teixeira is the Centre Administrator at the Cockleshell and is always available to welcome you to the Centre. The Centre may be hired out for your special event - once again speak with Suzi to book. The rates are reasonable and if you need the bar then prices are more than affordable.

Willow Adult & Child Playgroup - Monday 1pm - 2:30pm
The Willows Group welcomes all adults and their pre-school children for structured play activities. Come along on a Monday afternoon, the activity is free and fun!

Coffee Shop - Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am - 11:30am
The new coffee shop is friendly and busy with many activities planned for both adults and children. Come along and have a chat, maybe have some elevenses or late breakfast, it is a great opportunity for your young children to socialise and play with others.

Cockleshell Youth Groups
The Centre has two youth groups that meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings 6pm till 8pm. Monday evening is for the younger age group, 5yrs to 11yrs. This group is very busy with 25 attending most weeks. So if you have a youngster at home and they would like to come along, maybe make new friends or catch up with school friends out of school, please bring them along. All the usual youth group activities including tuck shop, art and craft and whatever the young people fancy 'having a go at' are available. Once again volunteers are always welcome.

Tuesday evening is the time for our older young people to meet. This group decides and plans the majority of their own activities. The emphasis is on fun with time out to chat and relax, often something that young people do not have time to do these days with the demands of schoolwork. We are a welcoming group and would love new faces, so come and give us a try.

Sunbeams Community Playgroup
Sunbeams meets three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9.30am till 11.25am. The group is run by volunteers from our community, who work tirelessly to raise funds, providing a safe, stimulating and fun place for our young children to attend on a weekly basis. Mandy is the playgroup leader with Gaye as her assistant. Please feel free to contact Karen Lawson, Group Chairperson for more information on the group and registering your child.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9287 6080

Pompey Diamond Twirlers - Tuesday & Thursday 4pm - 5:30pm
Contact Mandy Ibbs through the Community Resource Centre for more information on majorettes.

Theatre School/Ballet - Saturday mornings 8:45am - 1:30pm
Contact Phyllis through the Centre for more information.

Bar Opening Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 7:30pm - 11pm; Sunday; 12pm - 5pm

Cockleshell Divers - Dedicated to keeping the memory of the 1942 'Cockleshell Heroes' alive
The Cockleshell Divers are an amateur, non-profit making club, dedicated to sharing the adventure of Scuba Diving, with high safety standards at an affordable price. The group meets at the Cockleshell Community Resource Centre on the 1st Thursday of the month 2030 to 2300 then every Friday 2030 to 2300. The group is open to interested parties from 14years. Ask for Bill Lawless at the Bar or contact Joe on 02392 382386 for more details.

Phone Icon Phone: 02392 734176

Eastney Community Resource Centre
Henderson Road
Eastney Portsmouth

Hilsea Naval Community Resource Centre (AKA Phoenix Centre)
Although the Community Centre is situated within Hilsea Families Quarters it is available to all Service personnel and their families living in the area, whether they are living in families quarters or their own accommodation. The Community Resource Centre serves the community in many ways and is very much family orientated. Many activities are operated at Hilsea Naval Community Resource Centre including Parents and Toddlers Groups, Coffee mornings, a Craft group for parents and children, Weight Watchers group, children's library/story time plus many other interest groups. Social events are held in the bar area most weekends. The Centre has a static Disco Unit complete with flashing lights and dance area. Barbecues are held in the summer months and Halloween/ Christmas/ New Years Eve parties are organised for both adults and children. This Centre is within secluded, pleasant and safe surroundings, making an ideal venue for the Summer Play Scheme, which is usually arranged for all of August. The Play Scheme is well attended each year, as there is something for all age groups. Pre-planning by the Community Resource Workers and Centre Administrator ensure it is successful regardless of weather. Further details can be obtained by contacting a Community Resource Worker or a Centre Administrator. We always welcome new ideas and suggestions as to what you would like at your Community Resource Centre.

Maureen Johnson manages the 'Phoenix' during the day; Maureen organises the very friendly and busy coffee mornings. Why not come along any morning between 10am - noon, have a coffee, maybe a toastie and a chat and come to feel a part of your local community? For those of you with small children, the coffee mornings offer plenty of scope, whatever your child's age, to play with the many toys as well as providing the opportunity to gain valuable social playing time. Throughout the year the funds that are raised are put back into the group with special events.

Various other events take place during Coffee Shop such as visits from the Pre-school Learning Alliance, providing structured play sessions. Shirley will be visiting the coffee shop later this month.

Computer and Internet facilities are available at the Phoenix Centre. Service Personnel and families are welcome to use this facility to keep in touch with deployed spouses through e-blueys and e-mails. The office will be open during normal working hours, please contact Maureen if you wish to use the computer.

Phoenix Youth Club
The Youth Club meets every Monday evening at the Phoenix Community Resource Centre 6pm- 7.30pm for young people aged 8-12 years. The club is well attended with around 30 youngsters each week throughout term times. The volunteers working with our young people have all been police checked, are enthusiastic and prepare fun, entertaining and appropriate activities. So if you have a youngster who is BORED, BORED, BORED or are an adult willing to volunteer then you can give either Julie Meads or Lynda Pearson a call for more information.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9252 4511

Phoenix Youth Football
The mixed youth football team, ages 8 to 12, meets on a Wednesday evening, 5.00pm to 6.00pm at a cost of a £1 a week. During the winter months, the club plays in the indoor hall at the Mountbatten Centre. When the weather improves the group plays on the grassed area at the Phoenix Community Resource Centre. Whatever your standard, the emphasis is on fun, learning new skills and the challenge of playing as a team (after all there is no "I" in team!).

If you would like any further information please contact either Julie Meads or John Lindley.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9252 4511

Library - Tuesdays 2pm till 3pm
A free library for the under 5s including story time.

Craft Group - Thursday 2pm till 3pm
Come along with your pre-school child for an hour of imaginative craft play.

Hilsea Naval Community Resource Centre
Salerno Road

Phone Icon Phone: 02392 696122

Crossley Community Resource Centre
The Crossley Community Resource Centre is located in the middle of the Rowner estate. This purpose built Centre acts as a hub for the many varied activities and events which happen within the Gosport area for the Naval and other Services' communities. It has an active social diary catering for all ages. The Centre has recently undergone refurbishment and can boast a good size bar/ disco with the latest audio equipment and accessories plus a resident D.J. It has a good size dance area making it an ideal and popular place for parties/ private functions. Family nights/ social evenings are always very popular and well attended. A children's play park has also been added and is situated next to the seating area which is used for BBQ's during the summer months. There are many daytime user groups such as Parent and Toddlers, Childminders Groups, Mental Health Support Groups, Baby Clinic etc.

During the day, community groups catering for children and parents are organised in partnership with the local borough council.

Gosport Child Minders Group
Well Baby Clinic
Health Visitors weigh in
Sure Start Parent & Toddler Group
Coffee Morning Drop in - All welcome
10:00- onwards
Gosport Child Minders Group

Sure Start Parent & Toddler Group

Family Night Disco
Bar open 19:00-23:00
Includes 'Open the Box ' & raffles.
Bar open
Family Bar

An Internet Café is available to use weekdays.

The Committee also organises a full programme of social events, which include Family and Adult only events.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9252 7424 - FURTHER DETAILS FROM Centre Administration or Committee Members

Crossley Community Resource Centre
Grange Lane
Rowner, Gosport
PO13 9QY

The NPFS Community Resource Team also administers two Community Houses which rely on local community volunteers to organise groups, events, etc. If you have any ideas/skills and would like to set up a group please contact the Community Resource Team.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9252 4511

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