Welcome to The Gregson Arts and Community Centre

 

 A Community-owned and run centre in the heart of Lancaster providing a friendly, accessible, community based social environment for all. 

#Your New Gregson 

Home to many organisations, groups and classes, we aim to benefit of the people in the local community by maintaining a safe environment, advancing education and to providing facilities for recreation and leisure time. We host an eclectic mix of events including classes, art exhibitions, health fairs, live music and film nights with a varied calendar of popular cultural events throughout the year

We have a cosy Community cafe and bar which is open evenings during the week and from lunchtime at the weekends. Food is currently served from a new trial basic menu at affordable prices. We serve a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. We stock cask ales from local breweries, bottled craft beers, quality wines, teas, barista coffees and snacks. We have regular folk, jazz and acoustic music sessions in the bar area. We also have a well maintained book exchange for all you bookworms… Our staff are always on hand for a chat creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere encouraging social interaction.

Family friendly, we have toy area with a children’s book exchange and plenty of crayons.

We’re dog friendly…. if your dog is friendly!

We have function rooms available for hire and a secret cinema 

After a long period of closure due to the public health crisis, we have now reopened the doors of the centre to our societies, groups, classes, members and supporters. Thanks to everyone for their generous support, fundraising activities and volunteer hours which along with charitable funding has kept us going over the past year. It’s been a difficult time and with your continued support we can rebuild and grow.  We welcome your suggestions and input  It’s great to be back and we are committed to grow as a charitable organization in the heart of your community. 

Our profits will go back into providing more for you, putting something back into the community we serve.

We look forward to seeing you all soon

Gregson Centre in Lancaster appoints Charles Tyrer as Chief Executive 

The Gregson Community Association (GCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Tyrer as its first Chief Executive.  

Founded by residents in 1983, the Gregson is a popular Community Centre in the Freehold area of Lancaster.  For many years it has been run by a management company but during the Covid-enforced closure, the GCA took the decision to bring back the running of the centre into its own hands. With renovations in the centre now complete and with a new five year business plan in place, the Gregson has appointed a new leader, Charles Tyrer, to take the charity forward into its next stage of development. 

For almost a decade, Charles has dedicated his career to developing Settle Stories, an arts charity in the Yorkshire Dales. As Executive Director of the charity, he has transformed it from a solo enterprise into a thriving organisation that produces year-round events, a flagship festival and also works for and with a wide range of communities and partners. Charles has lived in Lancaster for the last 4 years and has enjoyed getting involved with community life as a Trustee at the Dukes for the last 3 years. 

Charles said: “I’m honoured to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer and lead the next chapter of the Gregson’s story. The Gregson Community & Arts Centre is a rare jewel. At a time when communities have been disconnected, venues like the Gregson are needed now more than ever.  We need places to come together as a community, to have shared experiences and connect.  

The Gregson is a force for change and good in Lancaster. It’s cherished by so many people and is truly at the heart of the community.  I am excited to work with the Gregson’s dedicated board, staff and volunteers and look forward to welcoming more people into the Gregson family.”

Billy Pye, Chair of the GCA, said:  “We are genuinely excited to welcome Charles to the Gregson. Charles was the outstanding candidate in a very strong field.  He brings passion, creativity and a deep commitment to community, balanced with a strong head for business and finance.  Our ambition is to keep growing the Gregson and to touch the lives of ever more people, and we’re delighted that Charles will play a key role in making this happen”

Charles will take up this new full-time role at the end of May.

 

 A Community-owned and run centre in the heart of Lancaster providing a friendly, accessible, community based social environment for all. 

#Your New Gregson 

Home to many organisations, groups and classes, we aim to benefit of the people in the local community by maintaining a safe environment, advancing education and to providing facilities for recreation and leisure time. We host an eclectic mix of events including classes, art exhibitions, health fairs, live music and film nights with a varied calendar of popular cultural events throughout the year

We have a cosy Community cafe and bar which is open evenings during the week and from lunchtime at the weekends. Food is currently served from a new trial basic menu at affordable prices. We serve a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. We stock cask ales from local breweries, bottled craft beers, quality wines, teas, barista coffees and snacks. We have regular folk, jazz and acoustic music sessions in the bar area. We also have a well maintained book exchange for all you bookworms… Our staff are always on hand for a chat creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere encouraging social interaction.

Family friendly, we have toy area with a children’s book exchange and plenty of crayons.

We’re dog friendly…. if your dog is friendly!

We have function rooms available for hire and a secret cinema 

After a long period of closure due to the public health crisis, we have now reopened the doors of the centre to our societies, groups, classes, members and supporters. Thanks to everyone for their generous support, fundraising activities and volunteer hours which along with charitable funding has kept us going over the past year. It’s been a difficult time and with your continued support we can rebuild and grow.  We welcome your suggestions and input  It’s great to be back and we are committed to grow as a charitable organization in the heart of your community. 

Our profits will go back into providing more for you, putting something back into the community we serve.

We look forward to seeing you all soon

Gregson 2025 - Report and call for consultation

The Gregson Board have developed a report highlighting their ambitions and priorities for the next four years and would like to get your comments and feedback.

  • Are we missing things?
  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Are we hitting the needs and ambitions of the community?
  • What else should we be planning to do?
 

Download the document by clicking on the image to the right and let us know your thoughts by email or by popping your thoughts through the letterbox!

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