About the Centre...

Bookings from residents and local community groups are now being taken for the hire of Hailsham’s brand new community hall – the James West Community Centre!

Hailsham has needed a new sports and community hall facility to cater for the increasing population locally. This new purpose-built centre will play a key role in enabling Hailsham to fulfil its potential as a vibrant and inclusive town and we hope that the centre will be a hub of community life, offering a broad range of activities that meet the requirements and interests of sports clubs, businesses, community groups and public-sector organisations, as well as private hirers.

The provision of a community hall and sports facility was made as part of the initial planning agreement between Wealden District Council and Welbury Farm developer, Taylor Wimpey.

Hailsham Town Council, which agreed to take on responsibility of the James West Community Centre, considered various proposals for the design of the building in 2013 and formally agreed a design plan which will allow the Council to accommodate a wider variety of users and to provide improved facilities which help meet the demands of local sports clubs and community groups.

James West & Hailsham Sports Alliance

The James West Centre has been named after the founder and Chairman of the Hailsham & District Sports Alliance, who sadly passed away in November 2016.

Photo of James West

Mr West was a much-loved chairman, coach and grandfather who devoted more than 40 years to the Hailsham Table Tennis Club before becoming president of the Hailsham Sports Alliance (now Hailsham Active).

During his time as a coach, he trained more than 2,000 juniors and seniors who went on to become county and even international level players.

Mr West was also involved in Hailsham Rotary Club, where he was granted a lifetime award for services to the town.

Meet Some of Our Regular Hirers...

Click here for information on some of the Centre's regular hirers, which range from sports groups and martial arts trainers to community choirs, youth groups and more...

The James West Community Centre is ideally suited to the following activities and more: Social clubs and activities, sports and games, dancing and keep fit, parent and toddler groups, craft exhibits, short mat bowls, birthday parties, after-school and Saturday clubs, children's classes and clubs, family functions, seminars, quiz nights, fundraising events, barn dances, public consulation events, business meetings, conferecnes, training courses, martial arts training, yoga and pilates classes

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