The Centre

Telegraph Hill Centre

Telegraph Hill Centre is a space where communities, local entrepreneurs and independent, social businesses come together to trade, learn, grow and collaborate.

Hire any of the four rooms, or the whole of Telegraph Hill Centre, for an affordable rate Monday to Saturday.  

Telegraph Hill Centre was opened in 1972 by Bishop Trevor Huddleston the anti-apartheid campaigner, and Glenda Jackson the actor and social campaigner.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s St Catherine’s Church and Telegraph Hill Centre played its part in the development of Reggae Sound System culture, playing host to Saxon and others.

St Catherine’s Church became the freeholder of Telegraph Hill Centre in 1987, following the withdrawal of Lewisham Council’s funding. 

In 1993 the vicar and curate of St Catherine’s met with local organisers of the open air park festival to set up the Telegraph Hill Festival

The financial independence Telegraph Hill Centre enjoys makes it a unique venue – not vulnerable to cuts, but also in constant need of ensuring its finances are secure. Improvements to the spaces which sustain the diverse Community are paid for from letting out rooms for activities.

The Centre generates income from renting its various spaces and the Community Mission Grant St Catherine’s Church generously donates on an annual basis

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