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.


Hall / Rooms For Hire

Prices effective 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020

Main Hall

Meetings / Fitness - Monday to Saturday

The main hall is currently available Monday - Friday daytimes & we are looking to fill it with a preschool or regular group looking for a few days each week. 

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.

20 people plus 1 tutor for any physical / exercise class. For anything else please contact the office.

Room 3/4

Meetings / Fitness Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 8 people seated at tables plus 1 tutor. 12 people seated with no tables plus 1 tutor. 6 for exercise classes or anything not seated.

Small kitchenette 

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. 8 people seated with no tables plus 1 tutor. Not suitable for exercise classes.

Coffee Bar

Meeting Room

Monday to Saturday

£13.60 per hour

£12.50 per hour - charity rates*

Maximum 10 people seated at tables plus 1 tutor. 12 people seated with no tables plus 1 tutor. Not suitable for exercise classes.

Youth Wing (Currently unavailable at this time)

Office / Fitness Room

Evenings and Weekends

Monday to Saturday

From £13.60 per hour


From £16.30 per hour

Maximum 20 people

Main Hall - Functions (Currently suspended until further notice)

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 - Functions Sundays (Currently suspended until further notice)


£36.50 per hour

Deposit - see FAQ’s

Cookers - see FAQ’s

Main Hall - Children's Party (Currently suspended until further notice)

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 (Currently suspended until further notice)


£28.70 per hour

Maximum of 4 hours

Birth to 11 years old

Deposit £50.00



Something for Everyone


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

6:00pm - 8:00pm Taekwon Do *Group restarts in January


We are currently looking to fill the hall on Tuesday evenings.  Minimum 2 hour booking. If you have, or know of a group looking to start up, expand or move premises, please email us at for further details.


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

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

7:00pm - 9:00pm Adult Ballet & Bollywood Dancing


6:00pm - 9:00pm Dogs Trust Dogs School (book direct) * Restarts in January


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

6:45pm - 8:45pm Youth Connexions ages 14-17 (Youth Club/term time only) * Restarts in January




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


Unfortunately the following groups are currently suspended at this time

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


Jelly Tots Pre-School & Nursery


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?

  • 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.

Photos - Oval Community Centre

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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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