01273 414483  pat.weller@btconnect.com

About us


St Richard’s is a registered Charity, number  1155501, and is run by a dedicated team. A committee of volunteer trustees, three paid staff and a team of volunteer helpers.

Our Community Centre is at the heart of a very active community and every week, we have over 45 different groups actively using our building.

Throughout the years, St Richard’s has changed and adapted to meet the needs of an ever changing Community, supporting and advising small community groups and providing an important venue for training and  small childrens’ parties.

We are located within the heart of the Knoll Estate in Hove and are accessible by various buses, we are lucky to have plenty of on street parking.

We are fully accessible for disabled visitors and have been visited by the posability people, giving a great review.

Our Community Centre has a relaxing and friendly environment and is open all year round.DSC00263

We offer for hire, two ground floor halls, have two very small office spaces and a very light and airy atrium all are fully equipped and with an accessible kitchen.

Our building has air conditioning, fully filled with access to tables, chairs and whiteboards.

We have disabled facilities that have also been decorated with partially sighted access in mind, incorporating a spacious baby changing room.

We hope that you enjoy any visits here and re-visit.



Background Information

St Richards Church and Community Centre is situated on the Knoll Estate, to the north of Hove. The Knoll Estate comprises between 700 and 800 dwellings with a population of over 2000. The estate was built mainly in the 1920’s with few community resources, there are no shops at all on the estate with a small parade on the south side of the Old Shoreham Road, but the nearest Bank, Post Office, Supermarket, Petrol Station and Chemist are all off the estate. It is a very isolated island of a community bounded on three sides by main roads.

The average household size is considerably larger than the national average, with high numbers of unemployed, young people , unskilled and children. The estate has a history of high incidence of child neglect and abuse often accentuated by the poor living conditions .The estate suffered an increasing problem of physical decline of it’s dwellings until the local authority initiated a modernisation programme.

The Knoll Community Association was set up in January 1990 and started to raise funds to turn the very neglected church hall into a centre for the community. There is now, many fund raising years later a building that all are very proud of. The Association acts as a voice for the community and monthly meetings are held to which all residents are encouraged to attend. The Knoll Community Association is the body responsible for St Richard’s Church and Community Centre. A sub committee St Richard’s Church and Community Centre Management Committee manage the centre.

Knoll Community Association employs two Managers for 40 hours a week and caretaker for 15. The Managers coordinates bookings and maintenance work and works with some of the community groups and volunteers. The caretaker keeps the building condition to a very high standard.

The St Richard’s Church and Community Centre management committee is made up of local residents, members of St Richard’s Church. It is the St Richard’s Church and Community Centre management committee that the Centre Manager is accountable to.  One of our Centre Managers Pat Weller has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours.

Groups meeting at St. Richard’s.

Two rooms on the first floor are rented out as offices both to registered charities.

Hangleton and Knoll Project youth team and community development workers.

Rethink mental illness.

There are some groups that meet on a regular basis.

Forget-Me-not’s social activities for over 50’s

Knoll Lunch Club Freshly cooked meal and social activities

Knoll Bingo.  Meets two evenings a week serving the local community.

Multi Cultural Women’s Group. Providing a social forum for women of all cultures.

50+ Tai Chi. This is a very well attended group with a paid instructor, grants are applied for to pay the rent.

Knollites a get together of residents past and present who went to the Knoll School.

All of these groups are run by volunteers.


Many other groups meet as and when for committee meetings.

Hangleton and Knoll Rangers young peoples football.

Fifty Plus Group. Providing activities for isolated people aged 50+.


St. Richard’s is also a venue for many other activities, training, children’s parties, table top sales, Christmas Fete, Christmas Lunches, Christmas socials.

Other regular term time activities.

ESOL classes

Keep fit classes.

HaKIT. This is a computer suite on the first floor and operated by Hangleton and Knoll Project for the community. Drop in sessions and bookable courses all at affordable prices or free.

Knoll Community Association Holds open meetings every second Monday of the month for all residents.

Hangleton and Knoll Community Action meets every twelve weeks providing residents access to service providers to talk over any problems.