Abbeydale Community Association (ACA) was
established in 1978 and the centre opened in 1985. The association is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation,
(CIO) which enables the ACA to conduct its business effectively and efficiently for the benefit of the community.
The centre offers affordable and flexible facilities for hire to a wide range of casual and regular users.
The centre is managed by a Board of Trustees who are all volunteers. Day
to day operations are conducted by a team of staff covering administration, premises and hospitality functions.
ACA Aims and Objectives
To promote the benefit of the people of Abbeydale and neighbouring areas of Gloucester by working with
the community, the local authorities and voluntary organisations to:
provide facilities for social welfare,
sport, recreation and leisure
maintain and develop
the centre for community benefit
promote other charitable purposes
to achieve its objectives
The ACA has no political or religious
grant application to the Football Foundation enabled the building of a sports changing room facility and floodlit
3G astro pitch. The centre was renamed,
and Community Centre
Further successful grant applications led to the building of:
The Studio which is now popular with art classes for adults and children
A catering kitchen to support functions at the centre
The Gallery, a meeting and training facility
ACA Enterprises Ltd, a trading company, wholly owned by the ACA was set up to run
the bar and other commercial activities.
The ACA won a Big Lottery Community Spaces grant to build a wildlife wetland and
recreational space including an improved patio area outside the centre. This facility was completed in Summer 2013
with the installation of a sculpture trail.
In partnership with Abbeydale Playgroup and an Active Gloucestershire grant award
a secure play area was created outside the main hall for use by groups with children.