Mead Centre

The Mead Centre will be a unique space at the centre of Newport Pagnell that has been created by the United Reformed Church in partnership with the wider community.

Our state of the art, multipurpose building will be a welcoming space for individuals, clubs, families, businesses and other community groups to gather.

The vision for the Mead Centre is to be a place of community in which to meet, celebrate, learn, grow, share and make a difference, making it possible to transform lives and enrich society.

Our desire is for the Mead Centre to be accessible to everyone in the community, raising awareness, understanding and active participation. It will be vibrant, joyful, adaptable and spontaneous; it will be shaped by those who use it.

Our present church hall, originally built 90 years ago on a Sunday School design, is being used by a range of local groups but is seriously dilapidated. After wide consultation and some public meetings and surveys, we have decided to demolish the hall and to replace it with the Mead Centre, named after Gordon and Glenys Mead who left a legacy which started the fund for a new building.


‘The vision for the Mead Centre is to be a place of community in which to meet, celebrate, learn, grow, share and make a difference, making it possible to transform lives and enrich society.’

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a powerful reminder to us all of the negative impact of social isolation, the issue of food poverty, and the reality that in any crisis it is the poor and those at the margins who will suffer disproportionately; but it has also been a reminder of the importance of community solidarity and the confirmation, if we needed it, that when we are given the encouragement and the support, all of us can make a contribution whatever our age or our level of ability, even if we are nearly 100!

Once the lockdown is lifted there will be an even greater need for the Centre, as a place where all sections of the community will receive a generous welcome and where those who are finding life difficult will find support and care. With its sensory room and accessible changing facilities, its lift and catering standard kitchen, it will be a place that can be used by all sections of the community, irrespective of their ability from young children to people in their 90s and beyond. It will be a place of community building; a place for meeting and conversing, supporting and helping; a place where food is shared; and a place that brings people together to make life better.

Those of you who have ventured into Newport Pagnell recently and peeped through the arch in the High Street will have seen that the old Sunday School Rooms have been demolished and the site prepared for the construction of the Mead Centre. We have raised the funds to cover the costs of completing this first stage but still need to raise a further £500k to cover the costs of fitting out the new building with its double-height hall, its meeting rooms, its sensory room, fully accessible toilets and its two kitchens.

Using the space when it is finished

…are you interested in using this space? Get in touch via mead-centre-team@urcnewportpagnell.org and we will get back to you!

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