Our Centre

Mudeford Wood Community Centre (MWCC) is set within the heart of the community, just a short distance from both Christchurch and Highcliffe, surrounded by woodland walks and the River Mude, and adjacent to a large recreation ground and children’s playground.

The centre consists of our main hall and 2 other rooms, as well as a brand new kitchen and multi-purpose sports courts.

Our motto is ‘Something for everyone’ and we really do have a fantastic range of clubs and classes, from Playgroup and Tiny Tots all the way to Age Concern’s Friendship Club. Alongside our great indoor facilities, we also have Multi-purpose sports courts which are perfect for tennis as well as many other sports including football and netball. Check out our current list of activities here.

All our facilities can also be hired out for that special occasion, with parties frequently held with us, from children’s football parties on our sports courts to Ruby wedding anniversary celebrations. You can hire out just one room or a combination of rooms all the way to having the full centre all to yourself. See the Facilities and Bookings page for more information.

Our Beginning

Mudeford Wood Community Centre was opened in the mid 1980s by Christchurch Borough Council, however in September 2009 the Centre was placed under review for potential closure.

The Community support for the facilities was so overwhelming that local residents formed the Friends of Mudeford Wood (FOMW) to safeguard the Centre and surrounding facilities and to persuade the council that it was still a valuable resource to the community.

In August 2010, Christchurch Borough Council asked the Friends of Mudeford Wood to investigate taking over the running of the facility on the basis that it be leased to the Community. The Friends Group therefore created an incorporated charity, Mudeford Wood Community Trust – consisting of nine local residents, Centre users and Councillors.

On the 1st April 2012 the Trust became responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre, with continued support from the council.

MWCC is heavily reliant upon volunteers to manage the day-to-day running of the Centre, so if you could offer some help – from manning the bookings office to helping with fundraising – please call Vicky Fuller on 01425 272084 or email victoria.fuller.hc@gmail.com

Our Future

The centre celebrated its Jubilee this year and at 25 years old it is in need of some updates, last year we had a brand new kitchen fitted with fantastic facilities now in place, and the next planned stage of the development is even bigger, with a rear extension and a brand new dedicated section of the centre for the Mudeford Wood Playgroup.


This will be fantastic as it will mean that the playgroup will be able to extend its offering to the local community and will mean that the centre will have more space available for new and exciting clubs and classes.

Our Volunteers



John & Gerry Bell

Hi guys, we are John and Gerry Bell.  We are regular users of the Community Centre and participate in a variety of activities including U3A Badminton and Short Tennis.  We became involved with the support of the Centre about a year before its adoption by the Trust and have been Volunteers ever since.  We work in the Office on Tuesday afternoons; however, in addition we are responsible for maintaining the Booking System and ensuring that it accurately reflects the needs of our customers.  We thoroughly enjoy working with a highly motivated team who are dedicated to providing an excellent service to the local community.  Every day presents a new and interesting challenge and we are delighted to continue our support.


Janet Kerr

Volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre has made it very easy for me to settle into an area where I arrived as a total stranger some 3 years ago. I have been made very welcome and feel like I am being useful while meeting lots of new people and generally feeling part of my local community. I would heartily recommend this way of getting out and about on a regular basis and justifying one’s existence. WE can all be of some use on our own level – just keep smiling and have some fun.


Clare Walker

I originally came from Lancashire but grew up in Yorkshire, Just after I tied the knot I ran

several pubs with my husband in Devon then moved over to Swanage to own The Ferry Boat Inn. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and made some wonderful friends along the way. I finally ended up in Christchurch about 2004 to retire. I love volunteering and find it very rewarding to give something back to the community. Mudeford Wood Community Centre has taught me many skills and is  also helping me with my on-going battle with computers. I’m enjoying a fresh challenge and being able to get involved in events really makes the whole thing a lot of fun to be a part of.

Centre Coordinator

James Emmett

I grew up in North Yorkshire moving to Southbourne in 2000. I have been involved with various  community  groups in the area for some years and enjoy seeing the great work they do.  I am thrilled to have been given my role as Centre Coordinator here and in awe at how well the Centre has been morphed into a truly wonderful place full of bustling activities and groups in the past few years since the Trust and volunteers took over. I look forward to helping build and enhance the centre for the future and look forward to the new challenges ahead.  We are always looking for additional help so if you think you can help for a few hours get in touch! I look forward to seeing you here at the Centre.


Michael Scott Johns

For the first twenty years of his professional life, Michael worked in actuarial and finance departments of several life assurance companies then became an accountant with HSBC until retirement in 2003. Since retirement Michael has been carrying out accounting functions for several charitable organisations, including a church and a food bank and he is secretary of the New Milton Table Tennis Club.


Richard Ashdown

Richard Ashdown spent the first twenty years of his career in the Royal Navy seeing active service in a number of areas of conflict and tension around the World. Richard is currently Managing Director of a Business Consultancy Company and holds executive and non-executive positions in a number of other prominent companies and charities including Chairman of a large Housing Association. Richard is also qualified as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Assessor and Trainer, RYA Senior Sailing Instructor and Power Boat Instructor.


Vicky Fuller

Born locally Vicky has lived in Mudeford for most of her life and now lives with her husband, son and daughter. Vicky’s background is District Nursing and Health Service Management. Her interest in Mudeford Wood Community Centre started with playing badminton, tennis and short tennis at the centre, and when the Trust was formed she became the Volunteer Co-ordinator.



Keith Vinycomb

I volunteer to help out with this local community organisation. I have been very surprised just how much goes on here and I also now take part in some of the activities as well. It is good fun and I really enjoy helping make it work for the community. All the other volunteers bring with them a huge range of useful experiences that all contribute towards keeping the centre going. We are always looking for more helpers to support us and every assistance is provided to new volunteers who join the team. Oh yes, and tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided!


Derrick Falla 

I volunteer on a Thursday morning and began volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre two years ago when I saw a request for volunteers on the Mudeford Wood Community Website. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first volunteering position but thought why not. I have been surprised at how busy the centre is and the volume of users is quite something. The variety of tasks is always unique and once my building background was discovered, maintenance work was added to my jobs list helping Keith who is another volunteer in the “maintenance department!


Sam Weeks

My name is Sam, I’m 16 and I have been working and volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre for 3 years now. Since I have been at Mudeford Wood Community Centre I have gotten involved with a variety of different things from event planning and publicity, to helping out the volunteer co-ordinator. I assist with day to day operations and marketing the community centre, through maintaining our Facebook page, our website and by assisting the centre co-ordinator.  I enjoy working at the centre because it’s such a lovely environment to be in and very rewarding being able to help others, whilst doing my bit for the community.  I’ve learned some great skills and have had some great experiences, all because of the huge variety of things I’m involved with at Mudeford Wood that I can use to help me in later life.

Chair of the Trust

Liz Sabey

Liz as Chair of the Trust is also responsible for the day to day management at the centre. Liz has experience of voluntary work spanning 40 years – from helping the building and management of a village hall. A Community College Development and Training Director. Director of Housing Associations, (prioritising in community involvement). Liz has 20 years experience of being self-employed in the Service industry and was an NHS employee for 13 years dealing with vulnerable and
diverse groups of people of all ages. Now happily retired and able to devote time to the Community


Deborah Stephens

Deborah has been a Chartered Engineer for 26 years, working continuously in aero-engine, automotive and defence industries, including on Grange Road, Christchurch site for 21 years. She has been on the management committee of SAMRA (Stanpit & Mudeford Residents’ Association), for 10 years, 5 of them as Chairman, is currently on Mudeford Wood Tennis Club committee and captain of various Dorset LTA league teams. Deborah started the highly successful Friends of Mudeford Wood in April


Paul Hillard

Paul was born in Barton on Sea, and has lived in Christchurch for the past 25 years. He shares his home in Highcliffe with his wife Helen and two sons, who both attend Highcliffe School. He has a background in finance, economics and customer service working initially with Barclays Bank, and latterly with HSBC. Paul is active in the community as the Mudeford, Stanpit and West Highcliffe ward Councillor on BCP Council, and representing Friars Cliff ward on Christchurch Town Council. He is also a Parent Governor at Highcliffe School, a Governor of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Trust, and a Member of the Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Authority.


Janet Abbott

Lived in Christchurch since 1992 and followed her brother and mother here. She was a Christchurch Borough Councillor for Grange Ward from 2015 – 2019 and is now a Christchurch Town Councillor for Grange Ward. She is also a trustee for the ARC Community Centre in Somerford and has a special interest in supporting the Adapt Café which supports Dementia Sufferers and their Carers. Before retirement Janet was a domiciliary Carer, having trained in Nottingham.

Contact Us:

 01425 272084

9am-1pm (Monday) 

12-4pm (Tuesday)

9am-1pm (Wednesday)

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