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. A programme of events and activities which is currently being finalised with include the showing of peace and reconciliation films; providing a venue for touring theatre productions; building a connection with the Peace Studies Department at Bradford University; providing a venue for peace lectures; hosting choir performances for local groups such as the Crookham Cuckoos and much more.
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.
There are plans to add a timeline to the grounds listing moments of great conflict and peace, globally, from the time of the Battle of Flodden in 1513 to the present day.
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.