The West Dean Centre is in Bream High Street in the centre of the village. The building was formerly Bream Church of England School, built by the Reverend Cornelius Witherby in 1862 and originally named Bream National School. A century later it was purchased by West Dean Parish Council from the County Council in order to save it from demolition. West Dean Parish Office is based at the Centre.
A wide range of local groups regularly use the hall, covering interests such as keep fit, gardening, singing, history, art, Brownies and Early Learners.
Gosling’s Community Café is held at the Centre on Friday mornings and is open for the public to call in and have a drink and light refreshments.
The FOD Street Wardens, the Police Community Support Officers and the Village Agent are often at the café on Friday mornings and are available for members of the public to talk to.
BOOKING A ROOM AT THE WEST DEAN CENTRE
If you are a local organization looking for a venue to hold a meeting or a district, county or countrywide organization looking for a central location for meetings, seminars etc , we would be pleased to help you.
The Centre has three letting rooms, two of which can be converted into a large hall for large meetings. The café kitchen is fully equipped for up to 60 people and is available for all organizations to use. There is a very large car park available at the Centre. The Centre is available for private hire for parties etc, particularly at weekends.
Room hire rates (from 1st Jan 2018):
Minimum £17.00 for 2 hours for each room, then £8.50 per hour per room after that.
For the main hall (Two rooms joined together) £25.25 for a minimum of 2 hours then £12.75 per hour after that.