Chain Lane Community Centre was saved from closure and brought into community ownership in March 2011, following two years of work by a wide range of stakeholders from the VCSE and statutory sectors. Funding was secured from a grant and loan mix from the Social Investment Business enabling the purchase and partial re-development of the centre.
In 2014 land to the rear of the site was sold to the Wilf Ward Trust to accommodate Sherburn House, a purpose-built care home for adults with complex needs. This enabled the completion of the refurbishment and Chain Lane Community Centre proudly opened its doors in March 2015.
Since the early 1940’s the buildings on Chain Lane have been at the centre of community life.
Built originally to house the local Land Army Teams during World War 2. The Chain Lane Centre has been a popular community facility for over 80 years, providing a meeting place for a wide range of local organisations, notably the Youth Service. It was acquired by Harrogate College in 1996 when a parcel of assets was transferred from the local authority, and subsequently by Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Met). The University indicated in 2008 that they wished to sell the site, and there was real concern that the centre would be lost as a community asset.
May 2008 – May 2010
Centre under threat of closure
Funding to purchase and begin refurbishment
The site was secured by a social investment business
Funding to purchase and begin refurbishment of the site secured from Social Investment Business
Purchase of site completed
March 2011 – September 2011
Initial refurbishment of offices, toilet block and construction of new lobby
Further re-development undertaken in the community spaces utilising funds secured from Wren and other local funds
July 2012 – November 2013
Sale of land
Negotiations with Wilf Ward Family Trust for sale of land to the rear of the site and support for their planning application
Charitable status achieved
Planning application for care home at land to the rear of the site achieved
Sale of land to Wilf Ward Family Trust completed
Re-development of community space continues
Loss of NYCC youth service (anchor tenant) due to austerity cuts
Re-development of community space complete – re-launch event held.
Progression through the pandemic
In September 2021 Chain Lane Community Centre played a pivotal role in the Covid Vaccination Programme. Homecare Pharmacy approached the charity to provide accommodation for a mass vaccination centre. At its peak there were over 1000 people a day being vaccinated. Between September and December 2021 over 65,000 vaccinations were given to local people and beyond.