The History of Risborough Community Centre

Risborough Community Centre is run by Princes Risborough Town Council and was built as a result of a small committee’s dedicated fundraising. In 1967 a few local, like-minded people formed a committee with an aim to provide a large meeting hall for the Community to hire for large meetings. In order for the dream to become reality a substantial amount of money needed to be raised.

Fundraising began with the selling of t-shirts emblazoned with a target motif and the slogan ‘Our aim is the Centre’. Money slowly started to come in but in order to raise more funds the committee organised table sales, children’s sports days and stalls at the Risborough annual festival. Support also came from the local horse show, horticultural show and the ‘Riz Quiz’.

The Committee found a permanent home in a Horsa Hut on what is now Gatensbury Place which enabled them to put on events without spending out money on venue hire. Membership grew and larger events including dances and sales took place at outside venues. As the fundraising gathered pace Cherry Baker and the committee put on trips as the Community Association continues to do to the current day.

As the viability of a Community Centre increased a penny was added to the rates and the money raised was ring fenced for the community building. The funds raised meant that the Community Association had enough to add a committee room to the plans and after 14 years of fundraising building finally began.

On 12th December 1981 Risborough Community Centre was opened with a grand opening ceremony and a well supported Grand Dance. The Centre benefitted from the addition of the Carrington Room some years later to give us the Community Centre of today.