About Us

about us

MELBOURNE’S COMMUNITY VENUE FOR EVENTS, FUNCTIONS, CLASSES AND INDOOR FITNESS

Located in rural South Derbyshire and conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne village, we have a range of multifunctional rooms suitable for all kinds of events, with reasonable room rates starting from just £7.50, adjacent free parking, and all facilities to make your event successful. A renowned venue for concerts, drama, charity fundraisers, social gatherings, exhibitions or celebration we have rooms to suit all events and occasions. A range of classes and activities are hosted at the venue, covering Art, Badminton, Dance, Ftiness, Karate, Pilates and Zumba.

Our newly refurbished bar and kitchen is at your disposal for your catering needs.



our heritage

POTTED HISTORY


The Assembly Rooms are housed in a Grade II listed Victorian school, which for over 30 years was run by the Parish Council for the benefit of the people of Melbourne and the surrounding villages.  In 2012 a group of five directors put forward a proposal to take over running of the Bill Shone Leisure Centre from the parish council, with the aim of running it as a community based not-for-profit company, allowing more people to get involved,  making it responsive to local needs and bidding for external grants not available to public bodies.

Since then the centre has seen substantial changes. As well as improvements to interior decor and layout, the stage has been replaced with a modern portable facility, the assembly hall has had acoustic treatment, the storage area has been made more accessible to users, WIFI and hearing loops have been installed and the heating system has been replaced in most of the building. In addition the centre has seen significant growth and expansion in its use.

The kitchen and main lobby entrance are undergoing a £100K project to refit the kitchen and enhance the main entrance area making it much more welcoming and more modern for catering and bar activities.


our team

Board Directors


We are an established not-for-profit business which is run entirely by volunteers, with one paid member of staff. The Board are drawn from all walks of our village community, and are also members of the Community Centre. Governance is conducted through regular monthly meetings and an annual general meeting, when accounts are prepared. Minutes of meetings are circulated to members of the organisation.

Chair: Phil Dobby
Treasurer: Margaret Gildea
Board Secretary: Jane Carroll
Centre Manager: Andy Heafield
Board Members: Sheila Hicklin, Pete Gough, Rik Pipe, Jo Rost, John Robinson, Frank Hughes


Our Development Manager


Andy Heafield is our full time manager and has worked with us since the business was set up. He will actively guide you through the booking process, inform you of the costs, let you know your responsibilities as a hirer and will help you to ensure you event, occasion or class runs smoothly.

You can contact Andy using the booking form page, ringing 01332 863522 or by emailing [email protected]