Hannaford Community Centre
Hannaford Community Centre is one of our community venues that offers community programs and venues for hire. The building, on the corner of Darling Street and Nelson Street, was purchased by Leichhardt Council in 1975 from the late Mr Harrie Hannaford and transformed into a seniors and community centre. Since then, thousands of seniors have enjoyed the weekly classes, groups, bus trips, support and friendship that the Hannaford Centre offers.
Contact and visit us
608 Darling Street, Rozelle. Entrance on Nelson St.
Phone: 02 9810 2536
Office opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 9am - 2pm
Activities and programs
You can download the weekly Hannaford Community Centre program here:
Note: some Hannaford classes are at capacity. Bookings are essential for all classes. Please contact the office via phone or email before attending any Hannaford programs.
One on one computer help - tech assistance
Sit down with a tutor for one-on-one assistance. Learn basic or sophisticated computer skills, using iPads and other tablets, smartphones, laptops, notebook computers, PC's and Macs. Small classes to cater for a range of skills with friendly volunteer tutor support. We also hold workshops on a variety of topics e.g. NBN, Staying Safe Online, Brain Exercises, Podcasts, and Ebooks. For all inquiries and bookings please contact the office. Cost: $3
NOTE: Our computer classes do not run during school holidays. You can download the 2019 Term 4 timetable here:
Camera & photography club
Participate in outdoor shoots and professional printing, discuss issues related to shooting, equipment, technology and exhibitions. Peter Byrne is an award winning photographer and qualified adult educator who would like to share his skills and experience with others. Cost: $3
Come along and join this happy group of stitchers and knitters around a cup of tea or coffee. On Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Cost: FREE
One of the most popular activities at the Hannaford Community Centre. Enjoy a two course meal, morning tea, live music for $10. Bingo too for $1.50. Bookings essential & open to local residents only. Contact Mark & Cathy on 9810 2536.
Do you like to sing? Want to have fun and meet new people? Then come and join us! No experience required, just come along and sing, sing, sing! Lead by the wonderful and highly experienced Joanna Brooke. Joanna is a singer and choral director. She conducts several choirs across Sydney including the Jubilate Singers, Fairfield Sydney Children's Choir and Mini Singers. Joanna also runs Avocado Smash, an early childhood music education group, which has recently won two awards with the Sydney Fringe Festival. As a singer, Joanna enjoys performing classical oratorio, in 2018 she was the soprano soloist in three productions of the Vivaldi's Gloria in Sydney, Hobart and New Norfolk. Joanna believes strongly that everyone has a voice and that singing should be about expression and having fun. Mondays 1.30-3pm. Cost: $15 per class. Contact Mark on 9810 2536.
Connect with others who share a passion for books. The groups discusses one book each month. There are two group who meet on the 1st & 2nd Wednesday of every month (two different groups). First group is at capacity. For all enquiries contact Mark on 9810 2536.
Exercise classes for seniors
Interested in keeping fit and healthy? Join us Monday to Friday for classes provided by qualified instructors with the needs of seniors in mind. Classes are available for different levels of fitness, ability and interest. Classes include: Circuit Training, Yoga, Tai Chi, Gentle Exercise and Zumba Gold®.
Traditional Hatha Yoga that fosters strength, balance and flexibility. Our highly experienced yoga instructors Janet & Keri are deeply committed to modifying activities to suit class participants so that the practice is safe, effective and enjoyable. Suitable for beginners and those with previous yoga experience. Tuesdays 8.45-10am, Wednesdays 8.30-9.45am & 10-11.15am. Cost: $7.50. New members (and anyone who previously attended but has not been participating recently) please call the office before attending due to large class numbers. Bookings are essential.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no 10am class with Keri on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Janet Statham completed her Yoga Teacher Training with IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association) in 2003. Since then she has been taking a small number of yoga classes for seniors. She believes that yoga has great physical and mental benefits for everyone. It helps us to move with more ease and have a calm and positive outlook on life in general. She loves taking the classes, and enjoys getting to know her students and finding ways to modify yoga to meet their needs. She has been lucky enough to take yoga classes at the Hannaford Centre since 2005.
Keri has been
practicing Yoga for over 20 years now. Keri’s teaching style is Hatha
Yoga, modified for older 'stiff bodies'. She uses Naturopathic knowledge
of chronic disease and designs classes based on 'body systems' - back health,
digestive health, the nervous system support, respiratory health and immune
support. She also works with isolating body areas - neck & shoulders,
hips, spine. All classes are 'themed' with a specific 'intention' or
For all bookings and enquiries contact Mark on 9810 2536.
The easy-to-follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It's an invigorating, community-oriented dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba Gold® classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. Fridays at 9.15am & 10.30am in the Main Hall. Cost: $7.50. New members (and anyone who previously attended but has not been participating recently) please call the office before attending due to large class numbers. Bookings are essential.
Rachel fell in love with Middle Eastern dances as a young adult. She is now one of Sydney’s leading teachers and performers of Egyptian dances, with a large school “Inspire Bellydance”. In 2010 she trained as a Zumba Fitness and Zumba Gold instructor. She loves helping others to experience the joy that dancing brings. Rachel is a firm believer that “Everybody can dance!"
A mild form of exercise that is kind and gentle to the body. The class consists of simple, low impact aerobic moves, walking and stepping drills, balance and strength exercises, standing and sitting. It's great for anyone wanting to get back into regular exercise. Fitness instructor Christine Murtagh brings a wealth of experience and a welcoming personality to this class. Mondays at 9.30am. Cost: $7.50. Contact Mark on 9810 2536.
Jo Lin is teaching Yang and Wu styles and has trained with two Chinese Masters. Health benefits are derived from the Tai Chi's slow, gentle and tranquil movements which enable harmony in mind and body, improved mobility, suppleness and mental alertness. Anyone regardless of age or level of fitness can practice and benefit from Tai Chi. Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes should be worn to classes. Cost: $10. Thursday: 9:30am - 10:30am class is at full capacity currently. 10:30am - 11:30am class is now available. Bookings essential. Contact Mark on 9810 2536.
Do Circuit Training at the Hannaford Centre with other men and women over the age of 55. Our Circuit Training classes occur on Mondays 8-9am and Thursdays from 8.30 -9.30am. Classes combine strength and cardio to target every part of your body and increase your fitness. Bookings are essential. Cost: $7.50. Contact Mark on 9810 2536.
Join in on Mondays 1pm - 3pm for an afternoon of games and socialising. Scrabble and other board games. Afternoon tea is provided. Cost: FREE! Please phone Mark prior to attending on 9810 2536.
Venues available for hire at the Hannaford Community Centre include:
The original chapel and Harrie Hannaford's produce store. The hall is spacious with plenty of natural light. Timber floors throughout. There are two entrances to the hall, one directly from Darling Street. A popular venue for exercise/dance classes, public meetings, presentations, education forums, wedding ceremonies and parties.
Facilities: 20 tables, 80 chairs, AV System, reverse cycle air conditioning, kitchen including refrigerator, dishwasher, gas stove/oven, two sinks, steam combi oven, freezer, microwave.
Hall dimensions: 7.3m x 13.7m
Capacity: 80 persons
A popular space for parties, yoga & dance classes, meeting groups and education classes. Timber floors & some natural light. Air conditioned.
Facilities: 4 tables, 20 chairs
Capacity: 30 persons
Ideal for consultations, study groups & small meetings. Perfect for health professionals such as massage therapists, psychiatrists & podiatrists etc.
Facilities: Small table, 2-4 chairs, sink, air conditioned
Capacity: 4 persons
Meeting Room and Lounge (2nd floor)
A light-filled multi-purpose space ideal for meetings, presentations & workshops. The space can be divided into two rooms using concertina doors. Lift access available.
Facilities: Large timber dining table with 8 dining chairs. 9 cane lounge chairs. Kitchenette with bar fridge & ZIP boiling/filtered water tap.
Capacity: Meeting room: 15 / Lounge: 8
Conditions of hire and documents
General Conditions of Hire (PDF138.1KB)
Conditions of Hire - Hannaford Community Centre (PDF118.7KB)
Floor Plan (PDF173.4KB)
Fees and charges for hire
See page 9 of the PDF
Community Venues and Facilities Fees and Charges (PDF718KB)
Venue fee scale policy
Council provides a scaled fee structure for the hire of a range of community venues and halls to ensure equitable access.
Find out more about the Venue fee scale policy
Apply online here
Alternatively you can complete the Community Facilities Booking Application Form (PDF640.3KB)
Get involved in your local community. Please contact the Hannaford Centre firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council supported groups
Inner West Council - Leichhardt supports the following groups in their regular hire of the Hannaford Community Centre: