At the start of this year Sydney Community Services merged with The Meeting House and took on the lease of the Centre at Stokes Street in Lane Cove North with Lane Cove Council.

Whilst there are some overlaps with the activities provided at the Pottery Lane, Gladesville Road and the Stokes Street venues there some very special differences.

Over the past 60 years Sydney Community Services (originally Lane Cove and North Side Community Services and Hunters Hill and Ryde Community Services) has been funded to provide services and activities for seniors and people with a disability.  The Meeting House has always had a broader community focus including the Kindergarten that closed at the end of last year when their lease ended at the old Police Station on Burns Bay Road.

I recently received a grant through Trent Zimmerman’s office from the Stronger Communities Program from the Commonwealth Government and we now have the funds to refresh the Stokes Street building to make it more attractive and improve the facilities available to the community.

What we would like to know is what the community wants from the building.  Currently we run two playgroups, activities like crochet, cooking classes and women’s discussion groups during the day and a shopping bus and bus outings for seniors.  The building has a large meeting room and a lovely outdoor area with a BBQ and garden area.

I would dearly like to get your opinions, views and comments on how you think we can best use the facility and what activities you’d like us to run there whether during the day, the evening or at the weekends.

Please write to me Gillian Batt, Sydney Community Services at

1, Pottery Lane, Lane Cove NSW 2066 or email me on