About the Centre

The Tove Valley Centre will be the home of Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship, constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic between the spring of 2020 and spring of 2021. The vision for the TVC was first given by God around 30 years previously and the members of the then Towcester Baptist Church moved out of the Towcester Baptist Chapel, that was no longer fit for purpose, around 10 years after that. The Towcester congregation of the now Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship (formed by the joining of Towcester Baptist Church and Weston Baptist Church in 2001) met in hired premises around Towcester for around 20 years, whilst awaiting the construction of the TVC.

 

The building is situated on Northampton Road in Towcester between a well-established housing development known as The Shires and a local authority long stay car park and includes:

·         A flexible, multi-purpose hall, equipped with modern audio-visual facilities, seating up to 180 people

·         Entrance foyer and display areas

·         Fully equipped commercial kitchen

·         3/4 separate meeting/activity rooms

·         Centre office

·         The planning approval includes an additional 300 seat auditorium for worship and performances and another meeting room for future expansion when required​

 

The development also includes:

·         Vehicle and pedestrian access from Northampton Road

·         Footpath access from Surtees Way

·         Hedging to screen neighbours

·         Landscaped grounds

·         Outdoor play area

·         Parking for 29 cars with additional parking in the adjacent public car park

·         An area allocated for use by an “Allotment Project”, designed to support positive mental health, that will be supported by TVBF but managed by another organisation

 

The Tove Valley Centre will allow us to serve the residents of Towcester more effectively through our existing groups, as well as enabling us to offer more. Additionally, it is designed to be made available for use by the local community on an occasional or regular basis. We expect it to be used by families for events such as weddings and birthday celebrations and have interest from a number of local interest groups and organisations regarding the hire of rooms.

The Tove Valley Centre is a project of Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship which operates as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). TVBF is also a registered charity #1179215. (#235693 prior to becoming a CIO in July 2018).

The TVC will be registered as a place of Worship and managed by Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship whose website is at tvbf.co.uk

How you can help

If you are a local business owner and would like to partner with us in this important community project by donating items to fit out the building, landscape the grounds or by making a financial contribution, please contact us by emailing fundraising@tovevalleycentre.co.uk to find out more.

Ongoing Activities

Milestones Reached

Community Consultation

A Community Consultation document was sent to residents of the Shires housing development in 2015 as well as other groups and individuals within Towcester.

During 2018 we consulted with families within and around Towcester. If you would like to have your say, please email us on contact@tovevalleycentre.co.uk. If you do contact us on this email address, please keep an eye on your junk mail for a response.

We have also been in conversation with community, voluntary and professional groups and organisations in order to learn about their needs. We are very keen to hear from any groups or organisations interested in using the Tove Valley Centre for meetings on an occasional or regular basis.

 

Fundraising events and activities

Prior to the pandemic we regularly hosted fundraising events and plan to do so again once COVID-19 restrictions allow. Please have a look at our Forthcoming Events page for details of fundraising events that are being planned.

Thanks to the support of the community we have already raised a large amount of money towards the cost of the building. One of our fundraising initiatives that has proved to be very successful has been providing individuals with a tube of smarties and asking for the empty tube to be filled with 10p or 20p or £1 pieces and returned to us. If you would like to join in please contact us on contact@tovevalleycentre.co.uk and we will get a tube of smarties to you with instructions about where to send the full tube. Alternatively, collect your smarties or return your full tube at one of our fundraising events.

Commencement of applying for grant funding

Fundraising for the Tove Valley Centre Project entered a new phase in January 2018. We reached the stage at which making applications to organisations that offer grant funding could begin. A Fundraising Administrator with a track record of successful applications for grant funding whilst working elsewhere within the Voluntary Sector was appointed to carry out this work on our behalf.

Young Oak Trees planted

In May 2017, diseased trees on the perimeter of the site were removed and cut up for fire wood, as advised by a tree surgeon. The trees were replaced by young oak trees in the Autumn.

Access to the site

Access work, including the erection of gates, was completed in 2016.

Archaeological  Works

In accordance with a condition of the planning consent for the Tove Valley Centre site, a programme of archaeological works to assess the site was carried out by Thames Valley Archaeological Services in March 2016.  Topsoil and other overburden from the proposed building area was moved from the planned building footprint and a number of features were examined.

The fieldwork revealed a small unenclosed occupation site dating from the Middle Iron Age along with elements of a probable Roman field system.  The Iron Age deposits included a ring gully structure and pits on the site provided radiocarbon dates of 327-204  BC. The Iron Age site was overlain by a rectilinear arrangement of gullies tentatively dated to the Roman period.  A digital version of the report was supplied to Northamptonshire County Archaeology service and copies of the results were supplied to the Northamptonshire HER and the OASIS project.  For further details, please contact us through this website.

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The Tove Valley Centre is a project of Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship which operates as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). TVBF is also a registered charity #1179215 (#235693 prior to becoming a CIO in July 2018).