Heart of the community -The Appleby Hub

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.

Hub Cafe open Weds-Sat 1000-1500 - 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


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. We are also home to the Appleby Rotary bookshop and our new craft shop (more below).

Hub Cafe open Weds-Sat 1000-1500

More on the Cafe here http://www.oakleatrust.co.uk/what-we-do/the-appleby-hub/the-hub-cafe or go to http://www.right2work.org.uk/appleby-hub/

Our weekly timetable is available on the Appleby Hub facebook page, and on our notice board on the front of the building. Due to Covid19 many of our normal activities are on hold - but to give you an idea -see our leaflet that gives a run down of ‘what’s (usually) on’ - click here to access: Hub trifold -updated leaflet July 2019.pdf

The Eden Workshop

In Spring 2020 we were joined by Jane Farkins and The Eden Workshop - for more details click here http://www.right2work.org.uk/the-eden-workshop/

The Eden Workshop offers quality workshops as well as drop in crafts, developing craft kits to sell, and much more. Jane finds the best tutors and invites them to share their skills, the workshops are small, generally max of 7 so they are informal thus offering plenty of opportunity to interact with each other & the tutor.



Hub Community Bus

During the height of the 2020 Corona pandemic the Hub ran a delivery service for just over 5 months with the Hub Bus.

The delivery service 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!) This bus is now available for community hire and use -to book 01539 735025 or mailto:enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

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 07435 970633, or mailto:enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

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 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 07435 970633/01539 735025, email us on mailto:enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk, or check out our facebook page at facebook.com/ApplebyHub.

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 2020 - find out more here Oaklea Young People

Many thanks to Hub regular Natali Barr Photography who supplied some of the images on these pages

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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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