BERNERA COMMUNITY CENTRE
JOIN IN, MEET NEW PEOPLE, HAVE FUN OR LEARN A NEW SKILL.
The Community Centre in Breaclete is the island gathering place for clubs, sporting activities and events. The Community café, garden and Bernera Museum are also housed at the centre. The Hall is open all year (with limited opening hours during the winter months) and provides free parking, toilets (with disabled access, and the use of shower facilities for a nominal fee).
The Community Cafe
The Bernera Café is a spacious cafe with a relaxed atmosphere. It serves home-made soup, light lunches, home baking and a selection of hot and cold drink for eat-in or takeaway. Wi-Fi is available and a small selection of local crafts is for sale within the café area.
Opening hours: Tues and Weds, 12pm-3pm
The Community Hall
The Centre hosts a variety of seasonal events, craft shows and fund-raising events throughout the year. Notices of these are posted in advance on the community notice boards, in the local newsletter, the Bernera News and by word of mouth. The hall and meeting rooms are also available for rent, per day or per hour, ideal if you want to start up a club or host a party. For BCA Members, there is a reduced rate. For more information contact the BCA
Book & Video Library
In the foyer area between the museum and café is a seating area for reading, resting, information leaflets, and a power point for charging phones (please leave a small donation for this in the café donation box). There are also books shelves with a library of books and videos which can be borrowed free of charge. The system works by donation, so if you want to keep a book, and you have another book or video that you’ve finished with then you can donate it for another person to borrow.
The Community Garden
Calum Murdo’s Community Garden sits behind the community centre. It’s a lovely green space to be enjoyed by the whole community and contains a garden, raised beds, gazebo and benches, a seating area and wheelchair friendly tables. The garden and barbecue area can be booked for social events. There are also two picnic tables located outside the Community Centre for public use. A stone wall surrounding them provides some shelter from the wind. Please take any waste from picnics away with you.
The community gym is a valuable resource for us all. With low cost membership options to suit and a wide range of equipment. Get in touch with the BCA administrator, Careen Maclennan to chat about joining and using the gym.
Bernera Fire Station
The Bernera Community has its own fire station, fire engine and team of trained and Retained Firefighters. The team are often on the lookout for new members so if this is something that interests you, look out for their next recruitment day, or chat to one of the Bernera team for more information or to register your interest. A Retained Firefighter receives training, an annual retainer fee, plus an additional fee for every call out attended.
The Bernera Museum
This lovely, little museum is located in the Community Centre and run by volunteers. Accredited with Museum Galleries Scotland, it has been awarded 4 stars by Visit Scotland. The museum is also a member of the Ancestral Welcome Scheme and holds collections of Bernera family genealogical records, Bernera Croft records, photograph collections of the people and history of Bernera. The museum collections and archives tell the story and history of Bernera from the Iron Age to the present day through information boards, slide shows and artefacts.
For more information about the museum as well as up to date opening times and costs, visit the Bernera Museum Website.
The Langabhat Medical Practice is located at the Community Centre in Breaclete. It has a separate entrance to the left of the main building and shares the Centre’s parking area. The entrance has a ramp access. For appointments and prescriptions call 01851860222
Monday: 2.30-5pm (3.30-4.30pm, *GP consulting times)
Wednesday: 10-3pm (12-2pm (*CTAC); 10am-12pm (*NP) consulting – every 2nd week)
Friday: 8am-1pm (9.30-10.30am, NP consulting times)
*GP is an abbreviation for a Doctor *NP is an abbreviation for a Nurse Practitioner *CTAC is an abbreviation for Community Treatment and Care. Treatments include taking bloods, management of minor injuries and dressings, ear syringing, removal of stitches, chronic disease monitoring and related data collection.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points
There are two Type 2 (7kw) Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points located at the front of the Bernera Community Centre in Breaclete. For more details, please visit zap-map.com (Isle of Lewis charge points). Works are also in progress for EV Charge Points at Kirkibost Pier.
The Green Project
The community have terrific community polytunnels which are kept in great shape by the lovely Sandy Paterson. Pop down and have a chat with him if you have an interest in getting green fingered or want to support his work.
2023 RATES FOR HIRE
Main Hall £7 p/hr
Kitchen £13 p/hr
Utility/Kitchenette £6 p/hr
Small Hall £5 p/hr
Snooker Room £5 p/hr
NON MEMBER RATES
Main Hall £15 p/hr
Kitchen £20 p/hr
Utility/Kitchenette £10 p/hr
Small Hall £10 p/hr
Snooker Room £10 p/hr