The main part of the community hall is a detached two story building of approximately 156 sq metres and there is a recently added extension of approximately 36 sq metres
The ground floor consists of :
A double set of doors lead into the main hall which has a floor area of approximately 80 sq metres. Triple folding double glazed doors lead to the newly built conservatory with a floor area of approximately 36 sq metres.
The first floor is accessed by a staircase leading onto a landing with coat storage. Entrance to the Britannia meeting room is via a single door, the floor area is approximately 48 sq metres, and has two small storerooms.
The hall is run by a management committee of volunteers, employing on a part time basis a hall supervisor who is responsible for the day to day running and care of the hall.
A Brief History of the Hall
The Hall is built on the site of the now demolished Catherine Wheel public house which had been sold in the late 90’s to developers who tried and failed to get planning permission for 38 flats on the site.Two years on Colton Developments bought the site and with the persistence of the local residents association along with Christchurch Borough Council cajoled the developers into building a Hall as part of the St Catherines Gardens development. This was opened in 2001 consisting of 17 apartments and 6 cottages, but the hall was only a shell. The plastered walls, kitchen, wood floor, fixtures and fittings came from the steering committee's fundraising efforts.The Hall was finally opened in March 2002.Hover over or click on a picture for further information: