The former Council-owned bowling pavilion, built over 100 years ago, was on the verge of being demolished before a group of local residents stepped in to save the building and run it as a vibrant community hub.
Money made from birthday parties and hire is used to provide a cheap, sometimes free, venue for voluntary organisations.
The pavilion is run by a charity called the Canbury Community Trust (reg. charity number 1098440) with volunteer trustees.
Situated in the lovely Canbury Gardens, next the Thames, the Pavilion provides a venue for a wide range of activities.
Our current users include
On a weekly basis, we have activities ranging from an Iranian older person's gathering, to a Muslim youth group, a Community choir, Yoga and Canbury Buttons (a mothers' and toddlers' drop in), pre-school French lessons, and a ‘MIND in Kingston’ Drama Group.We have also hosted:
- Sit-down fund raising events for Breast Cancer, Peruvian nurseries, the Shooting Star trust, Macmillan Cancer
- Kids Karaoke - sponsored by CARA
- Carol sing-along around the piano with mulled wine
- Exhibitions of photographs
- Public meetings to discuss local planning issues
- Resident’s Association meetings.
- Celebrations of the lives of local residents.
- NHS - Kingston Community First Responder Team Training sessions.
- A Woman’s Empowerment Circle.
- ...and the funeral and wake for a local angler.
- Trevor Willis
- Bazil Arden
- John Eve
- Fred Green
- Neill Burton
- Richard Carrington
- Graham Heaton
- John Ireland
We are all members of the local community and welcome any suggestions on how we can improve the services that the charity provides. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org