Bembridge Youth and Community Centre is an increasingly popular multi-purpose venue fit for a wide range of uses, from parties and exhibitions to education and leisure classes. Light, modern, comfortable and with full disabled access, the facility’s central Steyne Park setting and adjacent car park make it the perfect venue of choice.
Outside view of BYCC
Originally founded in 1963, the youth club, which eventually became the BYCC, suffered a period of decline in the 1990s until the Steyne Park building was reinvigorated in the last decade after being awarded a Big Lottery grant and was rebuilt to include a hall, lounge bar, kitchen and a large terrace ideal for watching local football matches. Retired village policeman Ray Rowsell, who was responsible for starting the youth club in 1963, opened the refurbished Centre in 2006.
Main Hall setup for wedding
Licensed for up to 140 people, the BYCC has two versatile spaces which can be hired by private individuals, groups and clubs. Leading off the spacious main hall accommodating up to 100 people, is a small 40-seater lounge with a licensed bar offering snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks at very reasonable prices. The BYCC also boasts a catering quality kitchen with stainless steel working surfaces, six-ring cooker and fridge freezer.
Warm days and balmy summer evenings make the venue particularly attractive as there is a spacious outside balcony area and nearby children’s play area. All in all, the BYCC is a versatile WiFi-enabled location, ideal for corporate events, private and children’s parties, receptions, charity events, awards and presentation evenings, sports and social events, discos, exhibitions, fairs and workshops. Music nights are particularly popular and recent bands include Stage Fright and Cat Skellington. The BYCC organises other social events including Race Nights, Karaoke, a Halloween Horror Night as well as large all day events in Steyne Park including Bembridge Summer Festival. The main hall already hosts a wide range of activities including weekly classes covering everything from Zumba to Karate, there’s even a weekly art class.
Summer Festival 2015
The BYCC also extends hospitality to local football and cricket clubs as well as providing facilities for local schools. The Lounge Bar is becoming increasingly popular, and is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm until 11:30pm.
The Lounge Bar
Many people in Bembridge are still unaware of what the BYCC offers and the committee hopes it will become an integral vibrant social establishment at the heart of the community. As one of the trustees explains: “People of my generation worked hard to raise the funds to build Bembridge Youth and Community Centre. We would all love to see it being used as it was originally intended – young and old alike!”