Mitcham Community Centre

Mitcham Community Centre

The Mitcham Community Centre is located directly opposite the Civic Centre on Belair Road, next to the Mitcham train station and across the road from Mitcham Shopping Centre.

The centre has a range of rooms for hire, a kitchen and approximately 50 on site car parks. To find out more click here call 8372 8888.

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From school to community centre

The Mitcham Community Centre was established in 1879 to house Mitcham Public School.

Built from local sandstone and bluestone, its architecture is typical of public schools of the era.

The ‘long room’ on the northern side was added in 1901 and the red brick classrooms at the rear in 1932.

Some of the large gum and pepper trees still standing in the grounds were planted by the students on Arbour Days.

The 1880s cottage at the southern side of the main building was the Headmaster’s House and later became junior classrooms.

The primary section of the school relocated to a new site at Kingswood in 1953, followed by remaining classes in 1981 when the school closed.

The complex was then purchased by City of Mitcham and now houses a wide range of community activities including art classes and social programs.

Revamp for Mitcham Community Centre

City of Mitcham used the COVID-19 closure as an opportunity to upgrade many of its community centres, including Mitcham.

Work has included the installation of solar panels, floor refurbishment and repainting in the main hall and flooring replacement in meeting room 6.

New toilets have been installed including three male and three female cubicles with ambulant facilities as well as a unisex accessible facility.

Meeting rooms 4 and 5 have been converted to a new hall and the main kitchen and two kitchenettes have been refurbished.

A swipe card security access system has been installed to provide increased safety for community and staff.

Beat goes on for Mitcham Dance

One of South Australia’s largest dance studios has been a fixture of the Mitcham Community Centre for 28 years.

Mitcham Dance has a second studio at South Road and hosts classes across a range of dance genres, from ballet and jazz to tap and contemporary, musical theatre and more.

Studio owner Gabrielle Robinson employs up to 14 teachers that teach classes across six days a week, including a room and hall at Mitcham on Saturday.

When the Mitcham Centre closed due to COVID-19 the studio relocated its classes to South Road, then moved classes online via Zoom.

“The Council waived Centre fees which was a blessing and the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme also helped us,” Gabrielle said. “We’re grateful that we’ve been able to continue on for the sake of all our students and teachers.”

To find out more contact Gabrielle on 8351 9006.

Mitcham City Brass together again

In an ordinary year Mitcham City Brass is one of the busiest bands in Adelaide, staging many concerts and performing at community events.

This year rehearsals on Mondays and Thursdays at the Mitcham Community Centre’s ‘Headmaster’s Cottage’ were suspended from March, then re-instated first in two groups of 20, then as a full band in July.

Band Secretary Tamina Judd said while performances were on hold, it was good to continue playing together.

“Sharing music and being social is really important, especially to those of us who are socially isolated,” she said.

New members are always welcome and lessons are available for those wishing to brush up their skills or learn a brass instrument from scratch.

Watch the band in action and find out more:

A Long History for St John’s Volunteers

St John Ambulance SA volunteers meet at the Mitcham Community Centre every Monday night to train, increase their skills and prepare for community events.

Two groups use the centre: cadets, aged 18 years and under, who meet from 6.30pm to 8pm, and an adult division who meet from 8-10pm.

Superintendent Simon Walter said the Mitcham group had a history stretching 65 years and provided an important service to the community.

“We go out as a division and provide first aid services at public events across the area, from the Adelaide Farmers Market at Wayville to school fetes, corporate events at the Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide 500, New Year’s Eve celebrations and the national mountain bike events at Anstey Hill,” Mr Walter said. “We carry out advanced first aid training and accreditation and youth development through our cadet program.”

“We’re also involved in emergency response and our members have been called upon to assist with bushfire response, flooding events and medical health monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Groups continued to meet and train online during COVID-19 closures.

To find out how you can get involved, contact 1300 78 5646.