Heart of the community -The Appleby Hub

STOP PRESS: FROM MARCH 21 2020 NEW DELIVERY SERVICE -see below

The Hub has been up and running since May 2016, with a community cafe, a second hand book shop, and space to hire. It’s a true ‘Hub’ for the community and for all interests, ages and abilities with a focus on creativity and wellbeing.

We’ll be posting all our latest news here or better still - you can follow us via our social media pages - facebook.com/applebyhub or instagram.com/theapplebyhub -give us a like and join our community!

The Appleby Hub

Update - 8 July 2020 - Hub Cafe re-opens! Plus since Saturday 21 March 2020 the Hub has been “on wheels”! Offering a delivery service Weds- Sat To book (M) 07435 970633 OR Oaklea HQ (7 days 0830-2200) T:01539 735025 E: Get in touch -this is part of our ongoing response to Corona Virus - helping ensure we continue to ‘build (and maintain) stronger communities’. Regulars know the scrumptious kind of food on offer -plus fresh bread made by our top team-make an order! Anyway here’s the current take away menu -also if you are on social media keep up to date via our FB and Instagram pages…

Food delivery with ‘Bulgy Bus’(07435 970633)

The food delivery service that started in March 2020 covering Appleby and surrounding villages was a direct response to the Covid19 pandemic -ensuring those in isolation or shielding had access to wholesome food! For the past few months we have used a 17 seater bus - re-branded as the ‘Hub Bus’ (this will eventually become a community asset for hire and use by local people/groups etc - register interest via Oaklea HQ 01539 735025).

The delivery service has made quite an impact - prompting local author/poet Mick Yates to pen this eulogy (The Hub Bus became known as ‘Bulgy Bus’ thanks to a throwaway reference by an Oaklea/R2W colleague - a nod to a character in Rev Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine tales!)

Background to why we are here:

Since October 2015 we have had the privilege of taking care of a wonderful community building, renamed the Appleby Hub. Following a period of extensive renovation and repair after the floods in December 2015, we launched the Hub in May 2016. In Spring 2019 the Hub came under the auspices of our Kendal based CIC (Community Interest Company) Right2Work (R2W) -you can find out more about R2W at this web address Right2Work (and more on The Appleby Hub here R2W Appleby Hub)

Today the Hub is used by a great variety of community groups and classes. Our flexible spaces make it an ideal venue for dance and fitness classes, art groups, meetings and events, youth groups, and countless more. The climbing wall is back in action too, with open climbing sessions from Spring 2018.

Our weekly timetable is available on the Appleby Hub facebook page, and on our notice board on the front of the building. We’ve also just produced our latest leaflet that gives a run down of ‘what’s on’ - click here to access: Hub trifold -updated leaflet July 2019.pdf

Nestled in amongst the Rotary second hand book shop, the Hub Cafe is becoming increasingly popular and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from our visitors. The cafe serves up homemade artisan wholefoods which we are really proud of. At the moment the cafe is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 3pm.

Room Hire at the Hub

As well as social spaces, we also offer studios for long term lease. These are available at a rate of £2500 per year and include wi-fi, and all utilities. Each studio is light and bright, providing an ideal space for a small local business to utilise. Hot desking space is also available - call in for a look around! If you would like any details on any of our rooms, contact us on 017683 51640, or applebyhub@oakleatrust.co.uk.

The Main Hall

The main hall is ideal for parties and events, with a capacity of 100. It cost £15 per hour to hire the main hall. If you would like to discuss a possible booking with us, we’d love to hear from you.(Image below shows a local Choir in full voice in the Main Hall)

The Bennett Room

The Bennett Room has a maximum capacity of 40 and is one of our favourites! Hiring this room includes use of the projector and screen, refreshment facilities, and tables and chairs, all for £15 per hour. The Bennett Room is situated on the first floor but has lift access.

Studio Space

If you’re looking for a smaller space, we have three light and airy studio spaces available for long and short term hire. The potential uses for these lovely rooms really are endless. If you’re a fledgling business, a seasoned freelancer, or an artist who’s outgrown their current space, get in touch to come and view our newly created spaces.

Bereavement Support Group

We have been given a grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation & Holehird Trust to fund a 12 month project for a Bereavement Support Group at the Hub.

It will be an informal group for anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close to them either recently or some time ago. It will be held on the first Monday of each month 1400-1600. For more info Kevin Robinson 017683 51569 or Revd Sandy Pearl 01931 714563


For more details on any aspect of the Hub, you can contact us on 017683 51640, email us on applebyhub@oakleatrust.co.uk, or check out our facebook page at facebook.com/ApplebyHub.

Flour power? Yes we know the Hub is known for its excellent baking….but this is the other flower power! In 2018 it’s also a “blooming” award winning Hub - thanks to the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society)

In February 2019 the Hub played host to the Mid Morning Show from BBC Radio Cumbria -the entire BBC team camped out in the cafe and broadcast for 3 hours 0900-1200. The Beeb team spoke to a wide variety of people who use the Hub and Oaklea/R2W services - including some of our younger visitors! (they were about to join the Eco Craft & Cooking Club for under 5’s! -the youngsters not the BBC - though i’m sure they’d be welcome!)

Whatever way you cut it - the Appleby Hub is the place to be!

Appleby Youth Group at The Hub

Our regular Monday night club for those 11+ is getting a reboot in Spring 2020 - find out more here Oaklea Young People

We also have a cracking climbing wall at the Hub -contact us for when you can use it!

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Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6RY

Telephone. 01539 735 025
Email. enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

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