Based at Crookham United Reformed Church, the centre with its Peace Garden opened on 8th May 2013 and is much more than a memorial to the bloody Battle of Flodden which, in September 1513, took place only a short distance from this small village.
The purpose of the centre and its garden is to promote peace and reconciliation, involving the wider community and engaging with cultural activities.
The garden itself is open for all to use, free of charge, 24 hours a day. At the opening ceremony garden designer Dougie James explained the process of design for the garden as well as the different representations of the separate sections: the garden progresses from a mood of anger, fear, and repression represented in the first black section of the garden, through to a space of conflict and confrontation in the red garden to loss and coldness in the grey garden, and then to forgiveness in the white and gold space, and finally to the garden of renewal.
Since the Peace Garden opened a timeline has been added, listing moments of great conflict and peace, globally, from the time of the Battle of Flodden in 1513 through to its 500th anniversary in 2013.
It is hoped that the garden and centre will provide a quiet and peaceful place for people to relax, reflect and let go of everyday stresses, and that it will particularly help those dealing with conflict, war or confusion in their lives, offering them some thought-space and perhaps closure.
Every fourth Sunday of the month the United Reformed Church holds a service at the Centre beginnign at 11am.