The Place

The Place

The Place is a community hub for all ages in the heart of Thorpe St Andrew.

In normal times, you are welcome to just pop in when we are open (opening times are below). During Covid-19 restrictions, we are still able to support you, even while The Place is not open. Please contact for more information or to find out more about how we can support you while our regular groups are not meeting in person.

To keep up to date with events at The Place please like our Facebook page .

We offer…

A safe and welcoming place for anyone to drop in for a drink and cake: a good way to connect and chat with others in the community. If you prefer you can just sit in the relaxed environment, read the paper or a book, or do an activity alongside others.

The Place is registered with Places of Welcome for our Wednesday and Thursday drop in sessions. For more info go to Place of Welcome website

Young People’s after school drop-in: a lively place to get a drink and snacks on the way home from school, to meet with friends or make new ones, play games or chat. There are groups that you can opt into from time to time, such as improving self-esteem, arts and crafts, exploring faith.

Craft groups: social groups to meet other women in the community and learn different crafts. The crafts are always appropriate for people of all abilities and includes Knit and Natter.

Exhibitions: the exhibition space is used to promote local artists and craftspeople, as well as providing other exhibitions of local interest. The arts and crafts are usually for sale. Please make enquiries if you would like to show your work.

A place for those seeking support or advice: we can offer someone to talk to about issues you may have or signpost you to services that could be of benefit. You can make an appointment to meet with a trained debt counsellor. We have some volunteers who are experienced in supporting people who are bereaved, struggling with emotional issues or have mental health difficulties. We have access to our own “food store” for those in immediate need of food.

Prayer space: different spaces are available (quiet space, creative space, interactive space) to give you the opportunity for some personal reflection. A volunteer is available to pray for you or a loved one if this is what you would find helpful.

Look out for our special events: events are advertised in the window at the place and on the Gateway Vineyard website. Events at the place include community lunches, breakfasts and cream teas depending on the season. There are posters advertising other events around the community.

Opening times

  • Drop-in sessions – Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30-12.30, join us beforehand for prayer at 10.15
  • After School drop-in sessions – Tuesdays 3.00 – 4.30.
  • Knit and Natter: the last Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.30pm
  • Craft group – the first Thursday of the month from 1.30 – 3.30
  • Prayer space– The last Friday of the month, drop in any time between 10.30 – 12.00pm

The Place, 61 Spinney Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0PL.