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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!

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19 hours ago

The Oast

😥😥help needed😥😥

We are a local community centre, run as a charity, providing a meeting place for the community in Rainham.

Any hard earned or kindly donated money we make, by hiring out our halls or raised at our events, is then spent on the renovation of our building. It’s over 140 years old and we constantly battle against time to preserve this landmark for future generations. All of this is done by volunteers.

So how are we repaid? By our car park yet again being used by flytippers. This time someone has dumped 2 fridges and a flu in our car park. Why? They must have had transport to get it to our car park, so why not take it to the tip?

So we’re now on the lookout for a kind hearted volunteer who could possibly take these to the tip for us? We would be eternally grateful. If not, we will have to use our hard earned charitable donations to clear this waste, yet again. It’s soul destroying really.

Please share this post so we can find some kind soul to help us keep the Oast looking tidy and respectable and so we can gather information to find who was responsible for this disgrace and to report their fly-tipping to Medway Council - who also agree that this is totally unacceptable. Thank you!

David Carr TODAY in Rainham North with Cllr's David Carr and Martin Potter
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2 days ago

The Oast

We love our volunteers!! 😍😍

Thank you to Rachel who today came in to tidy up the bar ready for our live band event next weekend!
To Niki who popped in to do some hoovering in the office, even brought her 6 month old son with her so we could coo over him!
And Lewis who popped in on his way home from work a few days ago to tend to some more skilled jobs
Thank you so much for all your help ❤️

The Oast is made up of volunteers who put 100's of hours in every month to make it a thriving community centre for the local people. If you have suggestions on ways you can help, few hours a week to do gardening ect or even have anything to donate to the Oast you think would be a huge benefit then please do get in touch!

Finally a big thank you to every who who has visited, donated and volunteered at the Oast in the past. We love your support ❤️❤️
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2 days ago

The Oast

🧙‍♀️🧛🏼‍♂️Community Haloween event🧙🏽‍♂️🧟‍♀️

A fantastic local business and great supporter of The Oast; will be running a 🕸 SPOOKY 🕷children’s Halloween event on 31st October Cobbler Elf Ltd Shoe repairs.

Are you brave enough to enter the cave and find the red 🕷??

Lots of fun and treats to be had and a warm (and scary) welcome awaits, and also means no one needs to trick or treat any local residents who don’t wish to join in.
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3 days ago

The Oast

We are so THRILLED to welcome a fantastic team of volunteers who will be running @tea and tots @the Oast; every Friday. Starting on Friday.

Tea and refreshments, as well as a warm welcome await you. Lots of great activities planned for little ones too.

Please help share and make it a great success. 🤰🏻🤱🏼👶🏻👧🏼🧒🏼🍪🍼🍰Launch day is nearly here! Only 3 more days until our first revamped coffee morning! We are busy getting all the toys ready for the little ones to play. As its our first morning we will have an abundance of cakes and treats! We are looking forward to welcoming you all at 9am Friday morning!
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4 days ago

The Oast

Happy birthday Lucy!

Lucy celebrated turning 18 in style at the weekend! A fantastic party held in our Wakeley Hall.
A big thank you to our wonderful bar staff for working our bar.

Hall hire is available for all aged parties (T&C apply) please pop Kathy an email at Bookings@oastcentre.org to arrange a viewing.
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Run a community group or club, or want to start one? Arrange a tour and discuss your requirements, Contact us now!

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