The Summit Centre is a not for profit community enterprise developed by the East Kirkby Miners Welfare for the benefit of the people of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and the surrounding community. The centre serves a resident population of 8,000 and offers a broad range of family, community, social, sporting and business facilities and activities.
Our facilities range from a spin studio, sport leisure and learning opportunities for children, young people, adults and senior citizens as well as facilities for social functions, business meetings, conferences and seminars. Sporting and leisure facilities include a football pitch, outdoor 3G surface MUGA, and a sports hall. Other services providers are co-located at the centre including Surestart Children’s Centre.
Formerly a colliery site, the Summit Colliery mine was one of the largest in the country with over 1,300 men working here. Houses for the miners were built on Lowmoor Road and the surrounding area, with the construction of East Kirkby Miners Welfare. The colliery was closed in 1969.
East Kirkby Miners Welfare became the owners of the land and through the National Charity ‘Coal Industry Social Welfare organisation’ (CISWO) the Summit Centre was built and became a registered charity. Phase one was officially opened in 2000 and phase two in 2002. CISWO focuses on the key role of developing communities’ welfare within miner and former mining communities. It dedicates itself to empowering communities to combat social exclusion in order to address deprivation, unemployment and disaffection. To find out more on CISWO visit www.ciswo.org.uk.