The first phase of repairs to the Leaf Hall to make the historic building watertight has begun.
After just six months of fundraising with donations from local people and support from volunteers, Phase One of making the Leaf Hall watertight is underway.
Roofers Sherwood Contractors and RTC Property Services started work in March and have already found historically and architecturally interesting features.
They’ve uncovered a mystery arch in the brick work of the clock tower which is mirrored by an arch in the plaster in the opposite wall suggesting that there would once have been an arched ceiling at the top of the staircase.
Gina Leonard, from the building’s trustees, said, “This is an exciting time and the trustees are delighted that Phase One is underway adding further motivation for the task ahead.
“During this, the 150th anniversary of the Leaf Hall, the trustees will be putting forward a proposal and funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in a bid to create a first-class community arts centre which will retain all of its key architectural features and the ethos of the building as a meeting place for the local community.
“For the future the first priority is the roof but our vision for the building, with input from the local community, is to make it a central community arts hub for Devonshire West and for Eastbourne as a whole.”
Last year saw the launch of the Leaf Must Not Fall Campaign, a £30,000 fundraising appeal to pay for vital repairs at the landmark building and stop it from closing.
Visit www.leafhall.org for information