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.


Hall / Rooms For Hire

Prices effective 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020

Main Hall - Functions

Fridays & Saturdays

£35.00 per hour

Maximum 200 people or 130 people if fully seated

Deposit - see FAQ’S

Cookers - see FAQ’s

Main Hall - Children's Party

Saturdays & school holidays

£24.50 per hour

Maximum of 4 hours

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

Birth to 11 years old

Deposit £25.00

Main Hall - Children's Party


£28.70 per hour

Maximum of 4 hours

Birth to 11 years old

Deposit £50.00

Main Hall - Sundays


£36.50 per hour

Deposit - see FAQ’s

Cookers - see FAQ’s

Room 3/4

Meetings / Fitness Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 20-25 people for meetings and approx. 15 for exercise classes

Small kitchenette 

Room 5 or 6

Meeting Rooms

Monday to Saturday

£12.25 per hour

£11.15 per hour - charity rates*

Room 5 - max 8 people

Room 6 - max 10 people

Coffee Bar

Meeting Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum of 20 people

Access to large kitchen

Youth Wing

Office / Fitness Room

Evenings and Weekends

Monday to Saturday

From £13.60 per hour


From £16.30 per hour

Maximum 20 people



Something for Everyone


9:00am - 2:00pm Jelly Tots Pre School & Nursery
12:00pm - 2:15pm Age Concern coffee afternoons
6:30pm - 8:30pm Youth Connexions ages 11-14 (Youth Club/term time only)
7:30pm - 8:30pm Invis-Ability (BSL) sign language


9:00am - 12:00pm Jelly Tots Pre School & Nursery
9:15am - 1:15pm Collectively Crafty (cuppa & craft)
1:15pm - 3:15pm Friendship Group (over 50’s)
4:00pm - 6:30pm STAG Dance (ballet/tap etc) (term time only)
6:00pm - 7:00pm WW (Weight Watchers) with Mandy
7:00pm - 8:00pm Tae Kwon Do
6:00pm - 8:00pm Spanish Lessons with Olga (book direct)


9:00am - 2:00pm Jelly Tots Pre School & Nursery

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

9:30am - 12:00pm Jumble sale fortnightly

9:30am - 11:15am Messy Monsters under 5’s toddler group (term time only)

6:00pm - 8:00pm Spanish Lessons with Olga (book direct)

7:30pm - 8:30pm invis-Ability Sign Language (book direct)

7:30pm - 10:00pm Style Dance (Ballroom/Latin)


9:00am - 2:00pm Jelly Tots Pre School & Nursery
4:15pm - 6:00pm STAG dance (ballet/tap) (term time only)
6:00pm - 9:00pm Dogs Trust Dogs School (book direct)


9:00am - 2:00pm Jelly Tots Pre School & Nursery
9:45am - 11:30am Hearing Advisory Service - 1st Friday monthly
9:30am - 11:00am Oval Signing Circle / free BSL sign language group - 2nd Friday monthly
6:45pm - 8:45pm Youth Connexions ages 14-17 (Youth Club/term time only)


10:30am - 12:30pm Ostomistics (Stoma Support Group) - last Saturday monthly



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

Jumble Sales

We have regular fortnightly jumble sales in the foyer area. Please check with the office or see the posters inside and on the window notice board for times and dates

Good quality jumble items always gratefully accepted. No videos or electrical items please

All proceeds from our jumble sales go back into the running of our Centre

Books Jigsaws DVDS & Games For Sale

Good quality secondhand books for sale 30p per paperback and 60p per hardback

Jigsaws 50p each or swap for 25p each

DVD’s 60p each

Games from 50p each

All good quality donations gratefully received

All proceeds go back into the running of our Centre

Secondhand Clothes / Shoes For Sale

See our clothing rails in our foyer area. A good selection of adult and children’s clothes for sale from 50p per item
Shoes for sale - individually priced

Food Bank

There is a large brown bin in the foyer area for donations
Stevenage Community Food Bank 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 at the Centre

Collectively Crafty

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 free.

9:15am - 11:15am and fortnightly we have a longer session 9:15am - 1:15pm.

£1.50 (incl. a hot drink) / short session

£4.00 (incl. a hot drink) / long session

Messy Monsters

Under 5’s Baby & Toddler Group

Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:15am

Join us for our messy play sessions (term time only). A weekly craft or messy play activity, designated baby area, music & bubbles and most importantly cuppa & biscuit for the Messy Monsters grown ups.

Mums to be are more than welcome to join us before your Messy Monster adventure begins.

Oval Signing Circle / BSL

British sign language / BSL - free group
Suitable for all ages
These sessions are facilitated by invis-Ability on a charitable basis
No need to book - just turn up
Free tea/coffee/biscuits


Contact Details for Groups


Barnardos Family Centre

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

Foot Health Professional

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

Dogs Trust Dogs School

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)

Friendship Group

Rose Hall
01438 356963

Collectively Crafty / Messy Monsters

Please contact the Centre office


Jelly Tots Pre-School & Nursery


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S.T.A.G Dance

Kizzi Sewell
01438 357578
07789 682479

Style Dance

07578 718949



Tae Kwon Do

Philip Notley

All Saints Church

Anglican Vicar and Methodist Authorised Minister

Rev’d Pete Orion - 07837 387412

Church Wardens and Stewards

Mr Norman Kiddle - 01438 215578

Mr Peter Dron - 01438 723263

Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service


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 200 people in our main hall. However, if you are catering for a sit down meal then then maximum is 130 people. This allows ample space for all tables and chairs.

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?

  • Cash in person during office hours

  • Cheque made payable to Oval (Stevenage) Community Association

  • 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

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.


Office Opening Hours

Come and visit us

Due to the current situation our office hours are reduced and vary.  We are checking emails Monday - Friday and this is the best and quickest way to contact us at this time.


Contact Us

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

01438 359404

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01438 359404

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

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