Meeting to save the Leaf Hall comes up with fundraisers

The Leaf Hall Trust held an open evening for support of its fund raising efforts for urgent repairs to the roof of the building. (L to R); Cllr Margaret Bannister, trustees Ben Cooper and Gina Leonard, the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson, Cllr Steve Wallis and trustees Teri Sayers-Cooper and Jason Rice. September 12th 2013 E37306P
The Leaf Hall Trust held an open evening for support of its fund raising efforts for urgent repairs to the roof of the building. (L to R); Cllr Margaret Bannister, trustees Ben Cooper and Gina Leonard, the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson, Cllr Steve Wallis and trustees Teri Sayers-Cooper and Jason Rice. September 12th 2013 E37306P
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An initial meeting to discuss ways of saving the Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre from closure has been held.

Campaigners hoping to raise £30,000 to repair the roof of the iconic landmark in Seaside say although it wasn’t particularly well attended, a number of events have been planned to help boost the coffers of the appeal.

The money needs to be raised to fix the roof and other essential repairs or it will have to shut down.

Trustees are appealing to the local community to come forward and help in the hope of saving it in time for its 150th anniversary next year.

Trustee Terri Sayers-Cooper said, “The Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre is one of those buildings that’s a local landmark. Everyone knows it’s there. That’s because it is in fact the oldest public building in Eastbourne.

“But the Leaf Hall’s roof is desperately in need of replacing and such is the urgency that the building will have to close soon since the inside of the building is being affected with water coming through the beamed ceiling of the beautiful hall at the top of the stone stairwell.

“If the roof is not fixed, the ceiling will come down. So we are seeking help and support to the tune of £30,000 to fix the roof and the building’s future.”

At a recent meeting at the Leaf Hall, several fundraising options were considered including a sponsor a slate initiative, a bric-a-brac sale on November 9 from 1-4pm and a Christmas Fair on December 1.

Also set to take place is a public ghost hunt there in October organised by the Paranormal Intelligence Gathering Service with all money raised going to the campaign. For more information visit www.leafhall.co.uk