Community Users
The Centre is home to a range of community groups including a number which make up part of the U3A, Friends after Bereavement, Lovelace Theatre Group, Happy Hour over 60's group, Play and Praise and St Mary Magdalene Church groups, to name just a few.

We're always looking for new community groups and charity events to join our wide programme of activities - our Victorian benefactors saw this as one of the Centre's primary functions. Talk to us about how we can support your goals.

If you're looking to start a new community group here in Hucknall or hold a charity fundraiser or social, contact Community Groups Facilitator Mrs Kim Pears to discuss becoming a regular Centre user, community user rates and what the Centre can do to support your new venture.

Benefits of choosing the John Godber Centre

  • Community venue in the Heart of Hucknall
  • On average over 1,000 users pass through the Centre’s doors each week
  • A welcoming, friendly and safe environment for your colleagues, delegates and clients
  • 7 day payment terms for regular weekly bookings
  • Located 10 minutes from M1 junction 26/27 and direct tram, train and bus links to Hucknall
  • Car Parking at the rear of the building
  • Friendly and welcoming staff who are on site during opening hours to ensure there is always someone available to assist with enquiries, provide information and meet and greet visitors
  • Website and social media sites to promote your community focussed class, group, club or event held at the Centre
  • Welcome Guide updated regularly with user details and upcoming events to promote your activities taking place in the Centre
  • Public notice board and leaflet stands to display advertising literature for users
  • Catering and refreshment services available including afternoon tea, cold and hot buffets and sit down dinner service
  • AV equipment including – projector, screens, sound systems, microphone, display boards, coloured mood lighting and flip charts available to hire to support your activities
  • FREE Wi-Fi throughout the building.

Our Rooms

The Centre has several rooms available to hire which can be set out in a number of layouts to meet your requirements. Refreshments and catering can be organised in your room or you are able to provide your own. On arrival, your room will be set ready for your community focussed class, group, club or event with the requested equipment ensuring a prompt start to your session.

The Main Hall (Portland) is a large room which is ideal for large group activities, games, training and presentations. The room also benefits from a sprung dance floor, large stage and theatre lighting which make the space ideal for drama, performance art, large group and instructor-led physical activities, celebration events and awards ceremonies. There is a private entrance direct from the car park and separate bar area available to hire which is suitable for break out space or refreshments.

The ground floor Byron room is suitable for large meetings and smaller events. The space benefits from a kitchenette area for refreshments and double doors leading to a small patio area.

Suitable for smaller activities and groups. The ground floor Bailey room is ideal for physical workshops or smaller instructor-led physical activity classes such as dance, yoga and martial arts.
The Suite
The ground floor Byron Suite combines the Byron and Bailey rooms by opening the movable wall allowing for a larger room that can accommodate up to 100 people.

The ground floor Lovelace room is a more intimate space suitable for small meetings, presentations and one-to-one activities. The room benefits from large wooden tables and high back leather seats.

A small meeting room, Coates is located at the front of the Centre with access directly from the reception foyer. The room is suitable for small meetings and groups or can be hired as office space for training and learning groups. The room benefits from a large desk and a central boardroom table with seating for up to 10 people.

This children’s activity room is a large playroom for children’s activities. The room benefits from a separate kitchen area with secure access, children’s toilets and outdoor garden area with seating. This room is for Tiny Tots Preschool who run here Monday to Friday

Byron's Bar (ground floor) and Ben's Bar (first floor)
The Centre has two licensed bars which can be used as refreshment areas or hired as private rooms for training, meetings or interviews. Byron's Bar and Ben's Bar can be set with a central boardroom table for up to 12 people but also benefit from lounge seating for one to one sessions.

If you’re looking to start a new group or class, or organising an event contact the Centre’s Community Groups Facilitator, Kim Pears to discuss your requirements and which room would be suited to your needs. Kim can be contacted directly by email or on 0115 963 9633.

Hire Rates

The John Godber Centre offers a competitive pricing structure and includes support with advertising and promotion of groups and sessions through our noticeboards, website, social media, welcome guide and leaflet displays, to encourage the development of your class/event. Contact the Centre’s Community Groups Facilitator, Kim Pears for more information or to arrange a viewing of the rooms.


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Testimonials from our users, past and present:

  • “Once again I have the pleasure in thanking you and all your staff for the excellent service Hucknall & District U3A received last Saturday at our 'Quiz Night'. You are always most helpful in making our evening the success they usually are and especially the 'waitress service' makes the evening for our members and their friends. Please pass on our thanks to your staff and we look forward to our 'Christmas Social' only weeks away.”Hucknall U3A
  • “First class, clean-great dance floor - super staff. We have had a fabulous time: we hope to convince the committee to use this venue again. Nice and warm. Thank you.”Over 50s Dance
  • “Just a thank you for your input to our Awards Night last Friday - another successful night which your attention to detail and reliability helps us achieve. Lots of positive comments received - again and Facebook still buzzing with photos and posts from the night. Thanks for all your help.”Hucknall Warriors Football Club