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The George Ward Centre is a community centre, based in the heart of the village of Barwell, in South West Leicestershire.
Named after Barwell-man Mr George Ward, a boot and shoe factory owner, who was also a local Councillor and the borough's MP 1923-24.
He did lots of good works for the village and left his house, 'The Cedars,' to the people of the village for the good of the community upon the event of his death.
Many years later the Cedars sadly ended up to be no longer viable, so was sold and a community group was formed to use the funds from the sale to establish our £2million Centre in 2010.
The Centre has a sports hall and several other rooms which are available to hire.
A number of services aimed at helping people are run from the Centre, including a regular Mum's and Tots group and a weekly activity session that is ran in our coffee shop where you can take part in crafts and cooking on a budget with an air fryer.
The Centre receives no statutory funding and is reliant on room hiring, donations and grants to continue to operate. 
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Lesley Pratt


Lesley Pratt is the Manager of the team, she is responsible for ensuring the team is organized and productive and that the George ward centre is ran to a high standard.

Callum Bird


Callum Bird keep the building running smoothly and keeps the gardens looking nice, always happy to help.

Mathew Hulbert

centre co-ordinator

Mathew Hulbert is the centre co-ordinator and deals with our social media platforms.

Hannah Bird


Hannah bird is one of our volunteers she runs our tots group along with other groups always happy to help.



Trudy is another volunteer who helps to run our tots group.

Hall of friendship (sports hall)

events, sports, party's, meetings.

The hall of friendship is our biggest room that will seat around 230 people theatre style or can be set up with table and chairs, this room is usually used for birthday party's or sports but has been know to be used for wedding receptions.

David Herbert room

This room is designed to seat around 40 people theatre style but can also be set up with tables and chairs.

Emily Hayden room

The Emily Hayden room is a spacious room with lots of natural light and can seat around 100 people theatre style, or can be set up with tables and chairs to suit.

Meeting rooms 1,2

The meeting rooms can be used as one or two rooms and is dressed with tables and chairs for small groups of people or meetings for around 20 people.

I.T room

The I.T room can be used for small groups of people or meetings for around 25 to 30 people theatre style or can be set with tables and chairs this room has a smart board and a projector that can be used.

Coffee shop area

The coffee shop area can be used to simply come along and have hot drink and a chat or to relax read a book or watch the tv.

school swap shop

All set up and ready to go for our new school uniform swap shop, feel free to pop down and have a look. Donations welcome.

  • Date: 17/07/2025 09:00 AM - 21/08/2025 09:00 AM
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Tots Time

Come and join our Tots group every Wednesday morning from 9AM, we are a very friendly group and have a wide variety of toys for all ages, we also hold special events e.g. easter, pancake day and so on. visit our tots time Facebook page for more info....

  • Date: 01/02/2025 09:00 AM
  • Location: The George Ward Centre, Barwell, Leicester, UK le9 8dg (Map)

opening times

chatty cafe

  •  12/04/2025 09:58 AM
  •   The George Ward Centre, Church Lane, Barwell, Leicestershire

A fun, easy-to-follow dance workout with rave glow sticks and disco lights. Monday 6-7pm Wednesday 6-8pm

  •  12/04/2025 10:08 AM
  •   The George Ward Centre, Barwell, Leicester LE9 8DG, UK

U3A Hinckley have a wide variety of groups from Bridge to French Conversation, History to poetry, Kurling to Mahjong - the choice is endless, for a modest annual fee you can join as many groups as you wish. EMAIL: TELEPHONE:07553914649

  •  28/06/2025 11:50 AM
  •   The George Ward Centre, Barwell, Leicester, UK

Improve your mobility, strength, balance, flexibility, pelvic floor health, bone density, and sensory systems by combining traditional yoga poses with corrective exercise techniques. Pre-booking is required, as spaces are limited. Run by a fully qualified and insured fitness and yoga instructor with over 30 years teaching experience. Text: 07837927227.

  •  25/12/2025 07:00 PM
  •   The George Ward Centre , Barwell, Leicester LE9 8DG, UK

Tai-Chi class is every Tuesday night 7-8pm. Come along for an hour of gentle movements and relaxation. FACEBOOK PAGE: Tai Chi with soul

  •  04/07/2024 06:30 PM
  •   The George Ward Centre, Church Lane, Barwell (Leics)

Pilates is a great way to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and body awareness. Recovering from injury or pain? Suitable after pregnancy or surgery. Injury prevention. Improved sports performance. All classes are modified to individual needs. All classes led by a qualified physiotherapist. Contact Michelle: 07966 457278

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National Lottery funding success!

National Lottery funding success!


EXCITING NEWS! We're delighted to announce that The George Ward Centre has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund! This support helps to secure the future of the Centre and our important work serving the community of Barwell and beyond.

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We're in the News!

We're in the News!


An activity here at The George Ward Centre is featured in the latest edition of the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Borough Bulletin. It includes information about slow cooker sessions being given here; with the Centre working in partnership with the borough council and Cadent.

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Weather for a picnic!

Weather for a picnic!


Whisper looks like we're finally going to have a period of good weather this Summer! It can't come a moment too soon! So, we'd like to remind you of our beautiful grounds at the rear of our Centre. It's a perfect spot for a picnic and a few hours in the sun.

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