Community Centre


St James’ Community Centre is on High Street, Whitehaven Cumbria, CA 28 7PY (opposite St James’ Church). Our National Grid reference is NX 97640 18419.

The Centre provides spaces for hire for the benefit of the people of Whitehaven.  It is used by all age groups, from babies to the elderly.  For details of regular users click on “Regular Groups” in the menu.

Our users include education groups, craft and other recreational groups and dance groups. The Centre may also be booked for meetings with local residents, training events, business meetings and rehearsals, and for social events, including meals, parties and concerts.  Kitchen facilities to a professional standard are available with all the necessary utensils and equipment and have the capacity to facilitate meals for 50/60 people. 

If you would like to visit the centre to see if it is suitable for your needs, or if you wish to make a booking, please click on “Bookings” in the menu for further details. Below are more details of the facilities the centre has to offer. 

The Centre is a single storey building with step free access from outside and throughout the building, making it accessible for those with more limited mobility.

The Centre is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The Management Committee, who are all volunteers, seek to keep the building in good order and ensure compliance with all legislation relating to public buildings. Any profit from the hire of buildings is used to achieve this. 



Main Hall

The Hall can accommodate 100-120 people, depending on room layout. It is light and airy and has a low stage. It is regularly used by dance groups and is also suitable for larger meetings or rehearsals and performances. We hold a PPL licence for groups wishing to use music as part of their activities. There is a sound system and basic stage lighting.

Small Room

This can accommodate about 30 people. It is ideal for meetings, local clubs and groups.

Other facilities

  • We provide banquet style chairs for both rooms, plus rectangular tables which can seat 6 people comfortably.  Use of chairs, tables, plus heating and lighting are included in the hire charge.
  • The kitchen is equipped to professional standards.  
  • We have male and female (and disabled) toilets and baby changing facilities.
  • The Centre is single storey building with step free access from the street and throughout the building.
  • There is parking for 9 cars directly outside the Centre.

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