The BAY Centre is a community building run as a charity and staffed by volunteers.
It is home to numerous groups including Burnham Camera club, a Ham radio club, a Computer club, two boxing clubs, Gateway and many others.
There are a number of rooms for hire at reasonable rates. The Centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Parking facilities are available in front of the centre with an adjoining overflow area.
Situated in Cassis Close, Burnham-on-sea, the centre was originally built as 'The BAY Club', in 1966 by the Somerset County Youth Service, and managed by then youth leader Ken Hindle, who now does sterling work with U3A and Burnham Community Centre. After yet another round of financial budget cuts, and economies, the building was eventually released into the care of a management committee as a registered charity.
Some might remember BAY training, a "not for profit" company which was operated from a specially built annexe to the building, that arranged work-based training.
Over successive years, the building became more and more tired, and eventually, a lottery grant was raised, to upgrade the building's facilities in line with the new disability act, resulting in a spacious new entrance hall and up-to-date toilets.
Concurrent with this work, a further grant was raised, enabling a rebuild of the annexe, with introduction of a comfortable resource room and extra office. A Somerset County Council grant furnished the annexe with a small kitchenette, the end result being a comfortable multi-purpose training suite, that is available for hire at economical rates.
Many local people have made use of the BAY club, or BAY Centre, as it is now called. A community building for use by the community is its present function, and like all others of this type, the clubs within its confines are dependent on volunteers to keep them running.
To name but a few, we are the home of Burnham and Highbridge Gateway club, Burnham Camera Club, Titans junior boxing club, BAY dancers, two U3A table tennis clubs, Sunlight Mental Health Library and host to regular computer classes, as a designated UK online Centre. Recently, we have hosted the Burnham police initiative "Burnham Dream Scheme", with successful results.