National Lottery boost for Peasedown’s Hive Community Centre

The appeal in Peasedown St John for funding for a new indoor play area has received a welcomed boost.

The Hive Community Centre, home to the village’s post office, community library and Swallow Café, heard the news this week that the National Lottery is to award them £3,500 for children’s play!

Jill Souter, Project Coordinator for the Indoor Play Area, said:

“This huge grant from the National Lottery brings the vision of a fully accessible indoor play area in the Hive Community Centre one step closer to reality. There is still some way to go but we can now start to plan in earnest.”

The Management Committee at the centre has been raising funds for a fully accessible indoor play area with a Hive-shaped Wendy House, see-saw and roundabout for children to play on, with a bubble tube, buttons to push, and handles to turn.

As well as the National Lottery, funding has been received from Quartet Foundation, Curo, the Parish Council and Cllr Karen Walker’s Empowerment Fund.

“This play area will mean that families have somewhere on their doorstep where little ones can play while their parents sit down with a coffee and enjoy one of the SWALLOW cafe’s famous cakes,” added Jill. 

In total, around £12,000 is needed for the new indoor play area.

Anybody who would like to see an indoor space where children aged under 8 can play safely, and would like to pledge financial support to the project, can visit the Hive’s website to donate.  

The Hive Community Centre (located next to Peasedown St John Primary School on Bath Road, BA2 8DH) has rooms available for hire including three meeting rooms, a large art room, a sports hall large enough for badminton, and an outside sport’s court. It is an ideal venue for children’s parties.

For full details visit their website, call 01761 360021, or follow them on Facebook at