The History of the Association and Centre

About Conisbrough Community Association Ltd

Conisbrough Community Association (CCA) was founded in July 1976 as a registered charity and a non-profit making organisation. (RC No. 1047400)

The main objective of the CCA was to benefit the inhabitants of Conisbrough and Denaby, by working together with national, regional and local authorities.

This effort was to be in conjunction with other organisations and voluntary groups to provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and leisure-time occupation.

All this was with a view to improving the conditions of life for all the inhabitants of the local community.

During the following 21 years the CCA were actively involved in providing a purpose built community resource centre which became The Ivanhoe Centre, and took on the responsibility of managing trustees.

In 2004 the CCA became a limited company (CCAL) in order to further expand resource facilities within the Association and aid the management of the Ivanhoe Centre.

The History of the Ivanhoe Centre

Conisbrough and Denaby are former mining villages located on the edge of the Dearne Valley Regeneration area in South Yorkshire .

Limited facilities with the villages were unable to cope with growing demands of a community badly affected by the closure of the steel and mining industries. The Government's City Challenge Programme in 1991 created channels, after the formation of local partnership Boards, allowing voluntary organisations to apply for funding for new facilities.

The CCA was eventually successful in securing funding for a new Resource Centre via the Dearne Valley Partnership (DVP), match-funded by the European Development Fund (EDF) with the help of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC).

The land previously owned by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) had been transferred to DMBC who act as Trustees, with the condition that the land/building should be used for community purposes.

Before the design phase of the project, local people and organisations were consulted about ideas and facilities which they would like to see in the building. The incorporation of the findings of the survey has resulted in a multi-purpose-built Community Resource Centre situated in the centre of Conisbrough, which is within the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough in South Yorkshire .


The History of the Building

The Ivanhoe Centre building was completed in August 1997. The building is well-sited on top of a hill, adjacent to a playing field.

It is a prestigious building with panoramic views of the 13 th Century Conisbrough Castle, the surrounding countryside and beyond, particularly to the North and East.

The Ivanhoe Centre has been designed and is operated such as to be ‘user friendly'. Of course, the provision includes toilet facilities with access for wheelchair users. To allow everyone access to the whole of the building there is a lift to the upper floor.

All the accommodation is named such that there is affinity with Sir Walter Scott's novel ‘Ivanhoe' which has associations with the Castle and the district in which Conisbrough is situated.

The Ivanhoe Centre, Gardens Lane, Conisbrough, Doncaster, DN12 3JX                  
01709 860764