“If you could bottle the essence of St. Marys and sell it, you would make a fortune”
Our staff and volunteers are very proud of this particular compliment and that’s how we like our visitors to feel after coming to St Marys. Whatever your reason for visiting us, you’ll be met with a friendly welcome and given help, support and guidance as needed.
St Marys Community Centre is situated on The Circle in the heart of Chequerfield in Pontefract. The centre was opened in 2004 and is committed to serving the community and the wider district by providing a wide range of activities and opportunities for all.
A full and varied adult education programme takes place at the centre, offering encouragement and support to raise aspirations, remove barriers and create more opportunities and equalities within the community. Our courses include IT, Maths, English, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Helping in Schools, Business Administration and Employability.
We are very keen on supporting healthy community activities and hold weekly sessions of Yoga, Pilates and Dance for Health. Slimming World hold two sessions each Thursday. The CALM Project, (Community and Local Mental Health) run a workshop every Friday to support individuals in a social setting. A varied range of creative and beauty courses, including Jewellery Making and Skin Care & Make Up are on our timetable.
Children’s activities include Rainbows and Brownies and St Giles Pantomime hold their rehearsals here throughout the panto season. Free access to our fully supervised Cyber Café is available to all age groups, Monday to Friday.
St Marys is a superbly equipped venue for all sizes of business meetings, training sessions, workshops and conferences. We offer these rooms at very competitive rates for both one-off or regular bookings and can supply laptops and Wi-Fi connection, flip charts, multimedia projector, video/DVD, and whiteboards, as requested.
The building has disabled access and toilets and offers free parking. As well as offering a large selection of refreshments, including home baking and freshly prepared meals, we can provide catering services to complement room bookings or outside catering for functions.
Our Job Club and Cyber Café are open Monday to Friday, providing free internet access and WiFi for all, with help and support provided, whether it be for work or pleasure, job searching, social media, gaming etc. We offer a printing and photocopying service at very competitive rates. Please see our Job Club and Cyber Cafe page for opening times.
Each Friday we hold a lunch club, open to all, where we serve a delicious home-cooked, two-course meal, followed by bingo, raffle and a chance to socialise.
St Marys is just a short distance away from Pontefract town centre. The area is easily accessible by road and is well served by public transport, with bus stops close by. Secure, on-site car parking is provided to the rear of the building.
Please visit our Facebook page (St Marys Community Centre) for further details, or give us a call on 01977 705341. Alternatively, call in, have a look round and meet the team. Our café is open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll be made very welcome!