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The Oast

The iconic Oast building in central Rainham has overlooked Rainham station for the last hundred years. It is now a thriving community centre run by a dedicated team of volunteers and used by many local community groups and clubs including sports, heath, spirituality and gaming.

The Community Centre is run solely by the Rainham & Wigmore Community Association. They rely on the community centre income, kind donations and volunteers for it’s day-to-day operation. The centre is not funded by Medway Council or any commercial business.

Rooms For Hire!

The Oast is open to bookings for short and long-term hire with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available. Whether you have a group that needs a new home or require a venue for a birthday party, the Oast has you covered. The Oast can cater for: Community Groups, Clubs, Events, Meetings, Kids parties and etc. Contact us now!

Latest News

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17 hours ago

The Oast

🏆 Pleased to announce that today, stage 3 tea room renovation is finally complete. 🏆

This is to make a wheelchair accessible slope, which will act as a separate entrance for our new community tea room. It will also help mitigate against flooding and make smoother access on the driveway.

Over the coming months, thanks to funding from Tesco and support from the community 🔵 blue tokens, there will be big exciting changes to the current tea room with:

🔵 replacement worktop
🔵 replacement cupboards
🔵 new fridge
🔵 new flooring

This goes alongside the recent courtyard and willow room community renovation within the last year.

We hope this will be completed by the end of the year, as we continue stage 4 of this renovation which is to display our history exhibition for the community to learn from and enjoy.

If you’re interested in hiring this space and help continue to support the community centre, please get in touch with Kathy bookings@oastcentre.org.

This project has been made possible thanks to the following people and organisations:

Persimmon Homes Groundwork Sport EnglandKent Community Foundation Teynham Construction Brian Fitzell Liz O'Hanlon - Fundraising and Volunteering Consultant, our lovely Tea & Tots at The Oast, Rainham All supporting committee members and volunteers.
Plastering in Willow Room: MS Plastering
Courtyard (phase 1): PlayFootball Gillingham P J Crouch Property Development Ian Black Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Rainham Historical Society
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🏆 Pleased to announce that today, stage 3 tea room renovation is finally complete. 🏆

This is to make a wheelchair accessible slope, which will act as a separate entrance for our new community tea room. It will also help mitigate against flooding and make smoother access on the driveway. 

Over the coming months, thanks to funding from Tesco and support from the community 🔵 blue tokens, there will be big exciting changes to the current tea room with: 

🔵 replacement worktop
🔵 replacement cupboards
🔵 new fridge
🔵 new flooring 

This goes alongside the recent courtyard and willow room community renovation within the last year. 

We hope this will be completed by the end of the year, as we continue stage 4 of this renovation which is to display our history exhibition for the community to learn from and enjoy. 

If you’re interested in hiring this space and help continue to support the community centre, please get in touch with Kathy bookings@oastcentre.org. 

This project has been made possible thanks to the following people and organisations:

Persimmon Homes Groundwork Sport EnglandKent Community Foundation Teynham Construction Brian Fitzell Liz OHanlon - Fundraising and Volunteering Consultant, our lovely Tea & Tots at The Oast, Rainham All supporting committee members and volunteers.
Plastering in Willow Room: MS Plastering
Courtyard (phase 1): PlayFootball Gillingham P J Crouch Property Development Ian Black Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Rainham Historical Society

Comment on Facebook

Well done to all the community pulling together to make a better more accessible place for all to use at the oast.

being someone who needs a wheelchair now and again and will end up wheelchair needing more this is fantastic news. xx

Can’t wait to book willow room and tea room for my new baby and mummy music & movement class and use the ramp to get pushchairs up. Well done to everyone who helped make this happen for the Oast

21 hours ago

The Oast

Ladies and gents! Not long to go until the 90's hit the Oast!

Still plenty of tickets available!

Just £5 in advance or £8 on the door!!
Strictly over 18's only. (Photo i.d is required)

Pop me an email at bookings@oastcentre.org to book your place on the dance floor!
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Ladies and gents! Not long to go until the 90s hit the Oast!

Still plenty of tickets available!

Just £5 in advance or £8 on the door!!
Strictly over 18s only. (Photo i.d is required)

Pop me an email at bookings@oastcentre.org to book your place on the dance floor!

Comment on Facebook

Lou Barnard xx bird shall we go

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