Underwood Community Centre has a large main hall seating up to 250 people or 120 at tables. It is available for hire by public and private bodies and individuals. It has full central heating with a stage, plus kitchen, standard and disabled toilets, a gym, and small side meeting and storage rooms. There is car parking available in the vicinity for up to about 50 vehicles. Monthly meetings of the Council are held in the Centre or at Bishton Village Hall
The Centre is a popular venue for local groups but some vacant slots can usually be hired for special events (including private parties) and new organisations. To book the Underwood Community Centre please ring Gillian Burton on 01633 413752
The current Underwood Community Centre building was planned and built by BCC in 1990-91. It replaced two former POW huts from the former WWII Prisoner of War camp which were used as the first Community Centre and a boxing club.The new Centre cost over £110,000 and was financed by the Council with the assistance of an “ urban grant” of £50,000 from central Government ( the Welsh Office). An extension was added in 1994 (the current gym and former meeting room) at a cost of £17,000.
The one acre site of the Centre was originally leased to BCC in 1974 by Newport Borough Council. Our original lease for the land included the land now used for the Health Centre : this was built at about the same time as the new community centre. BCC agreed to cede that proportion of the site so a new lease could be issued by Newport Borough Council to the Health Centre in May 1991. The freeholder for both sites is now understood to be Newport City Homes.
In September 2017 plans to build a further extension to the Centre in partnership with Active Underwood were at an advanced stage.