About Us

The Centre is a unique town centre venue offering three spaces for hire - two lovely halls, and one little meeting room. The meeting room is carpeted, whilst the halls have wooden floors. 

The building is a beautifully restored former infant school. Light and airy with high ceilings and period doors, it also has exposed brickwork, contemporary colours and lighting. We are suitable for a wide range of uses and offer favourable rates for charities/community services and activities. Our aim is that The Centre is accessible to all. It has been designed to be wheelchair friendly with a level access WC and wide doorways. We have a hearing loop and baby changing facilities. The Centre also houses our vegetarian community cafe 'The Old School Cafe' which also sells carefully curated ethical gifts. 

We are five minutes’ walk of bus and railway stations and long stay car parking.

Our Charity

Bury St. Edmunds Ecumenical Centre Trust (BECT) is a registered charity (1099687) and was set up specifically to support The Centre as a local education and community centre. It leases the building from St John’s School Centre Trust and is governed by appointed Trustees.

The Charity aims to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the community and encourage them to take part in a range of activities, services and facilities within The Centre, as well as preserve the building as a community venue. The charity's overall mission is one of Christian service and witness to the community. Through the activities of the Old School Cafe we also seek to relieve poverty, particularly in developing countries.

...for the community