Camborne Community Centre was built in 1876 and originally used as a counting house for the Tehidy Estate. It was gifted to the people of Camborne in 1937 by Charles Vivian Thomas (1859-19410) in memory of his wife of over 50 years, Caroline Emily Thomas. Since this time the Centre has been run as a Charity which is un-funded so is always working to keep everything in order.
Mr Thomas was a prominent local Methodist Lay Preacher and member of Camborne Wesley Chapel, who lived at Lowenac in Basset Road, Camborne. The object of the Community Centre as set out in the Deed of Gift was the 'promotion of the physical and mental development and recreation of the inhabitants of Camborne and its immediate vicinity'.
The Centre's opening ceremony was performed on 20th November 1937 by the Lord Lieutenant of the County, Lt Colonel Sir Edward Bolitho. His Majesty King George VI visited the building on 1st December 1937 and added the Royal Seal of Approval. Pictured below is the Centre photographed in the 1940's. - to follow.
Since then this magnificent building has been used by a vast array of local groups, clubs and societies.
The trustees are determined to ensure that the Community Centre remains at the heart of the Camborne Community for many years to come.
Home to Camborne Town Band, Citizens Advice Bureau, Camborne Girl Guides and many other local groups, the Centre still has space to accommodate more.
We would love to hear from you if you have ideas about how we attract more people to the Centre and make more use of these buildings.
As you can imagine, such a wonderful old building is expensive to maintain - if you have ideas on how we might raise additional funds or if your club, group or society is interested in renting space, please contact us.