New E-Newsletter

We will be launching a new e-newsletter to coincide with the reopening of Oaken Grove Community Centre.  To keep up to date with everything that is going on, please subscribe to the newsletter below.

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Haxby & Wigginton Library and Oaken Grove Community Centre

Building work to transform Oaken Grove Community Centre will be starting on 21st June 2022. We will be closing our doors to the public on Saturday 28 May and will re-open in the Autumn.

When we reopen we will have new and refurbished community rooms, as well as new automatic doors, windows and flooring, updated lighting and toilet facilities. Rooms will be available to hire from Autumn 2022 onwards. Once building work is complete, Oaken Grove Community Centre will also be the home of the new library for Haxby and Wigginton. This will include a reading café, free Wi-Fi and computers, and an exciting programme of events and activities for all ages. More information can be found on the York Explore website.

We look forward to welcoming back the Pop Inn to the centre in the Autumn, as well as our regular centre users. We can’t wait to be able to showcase our new spaces and welcome the local community back to Oaken Grove again.

This is the culmination of over two years of work and negotiation by Trustees at Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association, Explore York and City of York Council and we are so excited to finally be able to start on this major development for Oaken Grove Community Centre. We look forward to this exciting new phase.

December 2021 Newsletter

Oaken Grove Community Centre is beginning to feel more like the social hub we are used to, as we reach the end of another unusual year. We hope that despite the ongoing pandemic we can continue to welcome people to engage safely with our activities. For more information about the achievements of 2021, please have a look at our December Newsletter. The office will be closed for Christmas from Thursday 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January. The Library will be open until 1pm on Christmas Eve, and then reopens on Tuesday 4th January.

We would like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas, and we hope to see you in the New Year.

Library Proposal for Haxby and Wigginton

In early 2020 discussions commenced with Explore (who provide the library service to City of York) and City of York Council to examine options for Haxby Library to reopen from a permanent base at Oaken Grove Community Centre. Detailed negotiations have been ongoing to establish how the present temporary arrangements might evolve into a permanent solution which benefits the three organisations and the local community. The consultation period for this proposal has taken place, with further details available on the Explore website.

* * * UPDATE! The feedback from this consultation is available on the Explore Website. * * *

We’re Hiring!

We’re seeking to hire a confident individual to be our new Youth Support Worker. The role will assist our Senior and Project Youth Workers in delivering our youth and community provision ‘Community Ties’ during Term Time. More details and how to apply can be found in our Youth Support Worker Job Description!

A Defibrillator at Oaken Grove Community Centre

After unavoidable delay due to the impact of closure during the pandemic and resolution of additional funding, Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association are delighted that a defibrillator has now been installed at Oaken Grove Community Centre.

The defibrillator is accessible 24/7 by retrieving a key for the main gates from a lock box on the fence outside the main entrance. The lock box is opened using a 4-digit code which is provided by the emergency services when they are contacted, as well as the access code for the defibrillator case. This process has been agreed with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and is commonly used elsewhere.

HWYCA would like to acknowledge the initial efforts of valued volunteers who instigated the fundraising initiative to raise money towards the defibrillator at Oaken Grove. The two fundraising events that they led raised 58% of the final cost of the scheme. The remainder has been funded by other charity funds, including one significant private donation.

2020 Inspected Accounts

Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the pandemic, it proved impossible to hold an AGM as normal in 2020. We expect our 2021 accounts will have completed inspection within the next couple of months and will give notice of the next AGM as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we are herewith publishing our inspected accounts for 2020. If anyone has any questions please email


December Newsletter

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas this year, despite the challenges 2020 has put in our paths. We have added a issued a December 2020 – Newsletter which we hope will provide an update about what has been happening at Oaken Grove over the last few months, and our hopes for 2021. We hope you have a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Christmas Closure

Please note the office at Oaken Grove Community Centre will be closed from Thursday 17th December and will reopen on Monday 4th January. Please email any urgent enquiries to

Haxby Explore Library at Oaken Grove

On 7th September we welcomed Haxby Explore Library, who officially took up residence in Oaken Grove Community Centre. The library is currently open for drop-in browsing and borrowing, but they won’t be holding any in-person activities such as story times or reading groups yet. The Library is open 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 10:00am -1:00pm on Saturdays. They are closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you require assistance during the current situation, help may be available via the links below.

Further information is also available via our Facebook page.

York CVS:

There is a wealth of information and support available on the York CVS website.

York CVS are also offering Wellbeing Calls. Details can be found below:

City of York Council:

Those vulnerable residents who do not currently have any access to support, but who need help because of the impact of COVID-19, are asked to contact CYC’s Community Support Coordinators at:

Telephone: 01904 551550

Healthwatch York:

Healthwatch York has a free post address and will write letters to anyone who is isolated and doesn’t use the internet but still needs to be connected.

Their Freepost address is: Healthwatch York, FREEPOST RTEG-BLES-RRYJ 15 Priory Street YO1 6ET

General Advice and Guidance:

Further information can be found below:

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