New lease of life for historic chapel

Mark and Carrie Bird will be running events at All Saints Chapel
Mark and Carrie Bird will be running events at All Saints Chapel

A HISTORIC Eastbourne landmark is to have a new lease of life.

All Saints Chapel, within the grounds of the new Berkley Homes development of All Saints Hospital, is now available to hire for concerts, dinners, conferences, recitals, dances, parties, PR launches and for films and videos.

The chapel is a Grade II Listed French gothic revival building with a Belgian altar and German stained glass windows and was launched as a venue at the weekend.

It forms part of a Section 106 agreement between Eastbourne Borough Council and Berkley Homes and has been taken over by husband and wife team Mark and Carrie Bird who will run events there.

Part of the requirement of the agreement is that the chapel must be made available to the local community for events and charitable functions but those events need to be funded by the support of others who will pay for the use of the venue.

Mark and Carrie are currently trying to raise £60,000 for the refurbishment of the chapel’s organ.

The All Saints site was originally an Anglo-Catholic nunnery and convalescent home, designed by Henry Woodyer and the chapel was built in 1874.

Mayor Carolyn Heaps was among the guests at the launch.

She said, “Already planned is a Meads Music Festival, a music video, a few concerts, recitals, buffet suppers and parties.

“Mark and Carrie’s vision is to create the best venue in Sussex for concerts, films and events. They want to be able to give people who use the venue a real sense of ‘wow’.”

Further information on the chapel is available at www.allsaintschapel.co.uk