Welcome to the Oval Community Centre, Stevenage

The Oval (Stevenage) Community Association is a Registered Charity that runs the Oval Community Centre in Stevenage. 

The Association employs staff to oversee the day to day running of the Centre.

Built in 1974 the Oval Community Centre is the largest community centre in Stevenage and we attract a varied range of users who offer services for all ages.

As well as hiring rooms for private functions we also hire out meeting rooms.

We welcome visitors to the Centre, where our team of friendly staff will help you with your enquiries.

We are situated within the Oval shopping area and share our building with All Saints Church.

The Oval Community Centre runs regular family events throughout the year.  To help support us please click on the on Amazon button below.  Select us as your chosen charity, and Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible purchases to us, with no extra cost to yourself. As a charity every little helps. Thank you.



Parent Cafe

2nd Friday of every month.  Delivered by Barnardo's.

Please contact 0300 123 7572 for further information.


Hall / Rooms For Hire

Prices effective 1st January 2020

Main Hall

Meetings / Fitness - Monday to Saturday

The main hall is currently available Monday to Friday daytimes & Wednesday evenings and we are looking for regular groups to fill it.  Please contact us for more information.

Monday - Friday

Upto 6pm

£23.90 per hour / £18.00 per hour charity rates*

From 6pm

£30.40 per hour / £25.75 per hour charity rates*


9am - 6pm

£33.60 per hour / £27.90 per hour charity rates*

From 6pm - Please contact us for more information.

Maximum capacity 100 people

Room 3/4

Meetings / Fitness Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 20/25 seated for meetings.

15 people for exercise classes or anything not seated.

Small kitchenette 

Room 5

Meeting Room

£12.25 per hour

£11.15 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 8 people.

Not suitable for exercise classes.

Room 6

Meeting Rooms

Monday to Saturday

£12.25 per hour

£11.15 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 6 people seated at tables plus 1 tutor.

10 people with no tables.

Not suitable for exercise classes.

Coffee Bar

Meeting Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 20 people.

Not suitable for exercise classes.

Youth Wing

Meeting Room

Evenings and Weekends

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour


£21.75 per hour

Maximum 20 people.

Not suitable for exercise classes.

Main Hall - Function Hire

Fridays & Saturdays

£35.00 per hour

Maximum 100 people

Deposit - see FAQ’S

Cookers - see FAQ’s

Main Hall - Functions Sundays


£36.50 per hour

Maximum 100 people

Deposit - see FAQ’s

Cookers - see FAQ’s

Main Hall - Children's Party

Saturdays & School Holidays (Monday to Friday only)

£24.50 per hour

Maximum of 4 hours

Children’s parties must be finished by 4:30pm

Birth to 11 years old

Maximum 100 people

Deposit £25.00

Main Hall - Children's Party


£28.70 per hour

Maximum of 4 hours

Birth to 11 years old

Maximum 100 people

Deposit £50.00



Something for Everyone


4:30pm - 6:30pm Superstar Sports

7pm - 9pm Youth Connexions age 14 - 17 (Youth Club/term time only)


6pm Weight Watchers


9:20am onwards Foot Health with Tracy (appt necessary)

Evenings Available to Hire


6:00pm - 9:00pm Dogs Trust Dogs School (book direct)


2nd Friday of the month - Parent Café 10.30am - 12.00pm (See what's new for further information)

6:45pm - 8:45pm Youth Connexions ages 11-14 (Youth Club/term time only)




Something for Everyone

Photocopying & Printing

A4 black & white - 20p
A4 colour - 40p
A3 black & white - 40p
A3 colour - 80p

Free computer use

Suitable for job searches / form filling etc.

Printing of documents is available - see prices above

Please check with the office for available times as these vary daily due to diary bookings in the coffee bar area


50p per A4 sheet
£1 per A3 sheet

Books Jigsaws DVDS & Games For Sale

Good quality second-hand books for sale 50p per paperback and £1.00 per hardback

Jigsaws £1 each

DVD’s & CD's 70p each

All good quality donations of the above gratefully received

All proceeds go back into the running of our Centre

Food Bank

There is a large brown bin in the foyer area for donations
Stevenage Foodshed has been set up to provide a safety net for Stevenage residents who find themselves in sudden financial crisis
Donating just one can of food can make a difference


Have a local event/group to advertise? Why not pop a poster, no larger than A4 into the Centre
Advertising boards within the Centre with a variety of subjects


Groups run by the Oval Community Centre

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Oval Creatives

Bring your own crafts to enjoy whilst chatting with new friends over a hot drink.

No need to book, just turn up on the weeks you are available.

9:30am - 12.30pm every Wednesday.

Small charge for each session.  Please enquire at the Centre Office.


Contact Details for Groups

All Saints Church

Professional Guidance

Anglican Vicar and Methodist Authorised Minister

Rev’d Pete Orton - 07837 387412

Church Warden

Mr Norman Kiddle - 01438 215578


Family Centre

Open daily Mon-Fri but hours vary so please call direct
0330 123 4043

Dogs Trust Dogs School

Dog Training

Foot Health Professional

Professional Guidance

Tracy Hayward MAFHP MCFHP
07754 746 807
Appointments necessary
Registered member of the Br

Emerald Dance

Adult Bollywood and Ballet

07584 021147

Friendship Group

Over 55's Social Group

Rose Hall
01438 356963

Oval Creatives

Adult Craft Group

Please contact the Centre office

Superstar Sports

Youth sports club

07772 060840

Youth Connexions

Youth Group

01438 843340


Frequently Asked Questions

What Would You Like To Know?

How can I volunteer at Oval Community Centre?

We are often looking for volunteers to help with our events etc. Please contact the Office Manager for further details.

Is my deposit refundable?

Yes your security deposit is refundable providing that all our terms and conditions have been adhered to.

Is my deposit deducted from my hall hire?

No - your deposit is a security deposit and is totally separate to your hall hire payment.

How much deposit do I pay for functions?


Functions 6 hours and under £100.00*

Functions 7 hours up to 12 hours £200.00*

Functions 12 hours and over £250.00

*£250.00 deposit for 12th - 18th birthday parties


Functions 4 hours and under £50.00

Functions 5 hours and up to 7 hours £100.00

Functions 7 hours and over £200.00

Bookings are not complete until a deposit and all completed/signed paperwork has been received

Are the cookers included in my hire?

No - there is an additional charge of £30.00 for the use of cookers for catering.
If you are just warming a very small amount of food please speak to the office

What is the main hall capacity?

We allow a maximum of 100 people in our main hall.

Do you allow bouncy castles?

Yes - please make sure these are no higher than 15ft.
These must be delivered and collected within your booked hours.

How can I pay?

  • Bank Transfer - The Co-operative Bank, sort code 08-92-99, account number 65545542. If using this method please quote your invoice number or date of booking. The bank name is Oval (Stevenage) Community Assoc

Terms & Conditions of Hire

These are handed to you/ emailed to you upon booking. Please read them carefully.
You could forfeit your deposit if the Terms and Conditions are not adhered to.

Charity Rates

Proof of this will be required

When can I use your free computer service?

Times vary depending on our diary bookings. It is best to check with the office on a regular basis.


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Office Opening Hours

Come and visit us

Our office is currently open Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm


Contact Us

The Oval Community Centre, Vardon Rd, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 5RD

01438 359404

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