Why Use Us?
- We love people
The Wilson Centre is all about people, and bringing people from our local community together.
- Our Location
We’re perfectly located as a central meeting point for businesses in the Stockton, Middlesbrough and Darlington areas. For those coming from further afield, we have superb connections to the rail, road and air networks.
- We love the environment
The newly refurbished Wilson Centre has been provided with funding from the Lottery Commission, and as a result, we have an environmentally friendly heating system, state of the art audio-visual equipment and fabulous cooking facilities.
The building was built in 1886 with money bequeathed by Rev. J. Wilson, the vicar of St Mary’s Church, Long Newton, as a church institute and for the education and instruction of the inhabitants of Long Newton. The Marquess of Londonderry gave the site for the building (he still owns the car park land). The building was built by Mr Kipling at a cost of £380 and named the Wilson Institute after its benefactor. It originally contained one large room, which was used as a reading room, a cloakroom and caretaker’s house. It was formally opened by the Marchioness of Londonderry on behalf of her husband who was, at the time, Viceroy of Ireland and was present at the Viceregal Court.
St Mary’s Church administered the Institute until 2003 when it was decided to discuss its future within the local community. A steering group of local people was set up to explore the viability of maintaining the building as a village hall. This developed into the present situation where the building is leased from the Durham Diocese of the Church of England on a 35 year lease, by The Wilson Centre (Long Newton) which is a charity and run by a Management Committee. All committee members are volunteers. A grant of £266,000 was successfully acquired from the Big Lottery Community Halls Fund in 2008. The refurbished centre was opened in October 2009.