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About Our Centre

Welcome to Burnopfield Community Centre.

The building was turned into a community centre in 1968 from a former school known as Leazes Board School. Over the years the centre has become the hub of the village, for its activities and creating a positive community spirit. In 2014 Durham County Council approached the committee of Burnopfield Community Association, regarding the movement of capital assets in which our community centre fell in to this category. Asset transfer is the only way forward, the commitee had to agree to become a C.I.O
(Charitable Incorparated Organisation)

In july 2014 the C.I.O was accepted and 11 trustees signed the deed of transfer to run the centre as a non profit organisation.

The centre consists of 2 halls, one with a stage, and 3 smaller rooms including a large kitchen area and carparking facilities for approximately 30 cars. The building has a maximum capacity of 120 people in the large hall, and up to 50 in the small hall hosting many functions, events, parties and activities.


Anyone interested in creating new activities within the centre please don't hesitate to contact a trustee.

Hire one of our halls/kitchen to host your event.

Free 30mins either side to set-up/clear up.

An extra facility we can offer is softplay (including a small ballpool) at an additional cost.

Village History

Our Mission

Burnopfield is a village in County Durham,England; Home to around 4500 people. 

The village is also only 2 miles from the River Derwent.

The name Burnopfield probably comes from Old English meaning "field by the valley stream", although local legend says that the village got its name after an attempted Scottish invasion of England was foiled by literally burning up the fields to stop the advancing armies.

Burnopfield was the site of a leper hospital, High Friarside Hospice built in 1312; later demolished in 1450, however the remains of the old chapel can still be seen today.

Other historical buildings in Burnopfield include Burnopfield Hall, which was constructed in 1720 by the Newton family, a local wealthy mine-owning family. Coal mining in County Durham began in the 1600s and Burnopfield was found to be an ideal place for the wagonways from the Pontop and Tanfield Moor located only a few miles away. Although surrounded by colliery villages it never had a serious mine of its own. It became the home of mine workers who travelled from the nearby villages.

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