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About us

“Our aim is to provide a well resourced business venue and community centre that commercial enterprises can utilise, in which initiatives can develop, voluntary and community organisations thrive, offering a friendly non threatening place for community use.”

The Courtyard is a large former Victorian school in central Goole which was renovated between 1995 and 1997.   It is now a multi purpose resource centre with public rooms to hire (two large halls that seat up to 200 people, seminar, training rooms and a lounge) and office spaces to rent.  We are also licensed for civil weddings, a monthly farmers’ market and run a variety of adult and children’s activities throughout the year. There are also annual events including a horticultural show and Christmas fayre.

We also provide catering and have been awarded the Heartbeat Award for our provision of healthier food choices and good standards of hygiene.

We are a social enterprise and a registered charity (No. 1044581).  The Board of Trustees consists of 6 local people who give their time for free to manage the strategic direction of the charity.  Their names are as follows:

  •  Tracey Wharvell (Chair)
  • Jonathan Taylor B.E.M.
  • Colin Pickering
  • John Hughes
  • Ros Taylor M.B.E.
  • Mike Pearson

The Chief Officer manages the day to day running of the Project and the staff team. Staff members include the following:

  • Bobbie MacInnes – Chief Officer
  • Pete O’Sullivan – Site Manager
  • Kayleigh Fallon Jeffery – Receptionist
  • Lesley Darlington – Catering Manager
  • Martin Davies – Communities Together Project Coordinator
  • Tanya Chandler – Community Development Worker
  • Gosia Krzyzak – Community Development Worker
  • Elena Carroll – Admin Assistant, Communities Together Project
  • Helen Lewis – Parent & Toddler Group Leader
  • Ryan Chambers – Caretaker
  • Anna Gozdzik – Catering Assistant
  • Kath Burland – Cleaner
  • Susan Stock – Cleaner
  • Lucy Shaw – Cleaner

In addition to a team of 14 employees including cleaners, caretakers and admin staff, we also have a team of volunteers who help in every area of the building.
The Courtyard is open every day from 8.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m.