Here are some of the current leisure facilities in Somercotes
The Village Hall was built around 1970 and was known as St Thomas Centre as it is owned by the church of St Thomas, situated opposite the building.
In the 1990’s the hall was falling into disrepair and it was leased to Somercotes Parish Council in 1995, on a 35 year lease. In 1996-97 the council spent a considerable amount of money refurbishing the building, mainly inside, including the stage, flooring, kitchen and general refurbishment. The building then became known as the Parish Hall, when the council set up an office in the building. A licensed bar was installed in 2000.
In 2012 it was recognised that the building needed to show a community ethos and it was renamed the Village Hall. During the past 3 years the Parish Council has undertaken a phased works programme to upgrade the building with complete overall of the roof; new fascia; gutters and downpipes; new front door; new oven; relaying of the car park. Currently in February 2015, the ladies and gents toilets will be refurbished. In the 2015-16 financial year the council will be replacing the old chairs and tables with new stock.
The building has a large hall, with stage, and can seat 120 people, a licensed bar; a full good sized kitchen, a lounge (sit 40 people), as well offices for the caretaker and the Parish Council.
The Village Hall is centrally located next to St Thomas Church, Nottingham Road, Somercotes. The building is ideal venue for weddings, christenings, celebratory parties, children’s parties, wakes and functions.
The Village Hall caters for the community by supporting classes for art, fitness & health, education, scouts/cubs/beavers; guides/ brownies/ rainbows; Ladies Groups and others such as DUWC (benefits advice); Hearing Clinic and others.
The Village Hall is at the hub of the community and a venue ideal to mean local needs.
This is a modern eco-friendly community building that was funded through the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) £420k; Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) - £250k & the Derby & Derbyshire Enterprise Partnership (DDEP) - £220k, and opened in December 2008. The Centre has a multi-sports flood-lit area and a full size grass football pitch available. The building is a local community venue that has a large function hall (ideal for weddings, parties and events); licensed bar; conference rooms, a small gym and a community police office.
The building is on the Somercotes Recreation Ground recreation ground and vehicle access is via Sherwood Street, Leabrooks.
Somerlea Park Centre or Somercotes Leisure Centre is an ideal venue for weddings, celebrations, large functions, wakes, promotional events and much more.
The main hall can hold up to 200 people plus 40 in the bar area. Seating in the main hall, depending on lay out and if the portable stage is in use holds 160 plus. The centre provides excellent catering for all types of events, meetings to meet everyone’s needs. Full details are on the website www.somerleaparkcentre.co.uk
The Snooker Club on Leabrooks Road junction with Mansfield Street (entrance) has had to move with the times and the large number of snooker tables have gone due to lack of use although it has two pool tables. The Club host super darts competitions on Wednesday Evenings and is a host for Derbyshire Tournaments (usually Sundays). Tuesday nights is skittles where the emphasis is on young people becoming involved in the game. The venue can host parties and celebration events & parties.