Old Town kids’ cafe opens for winter warmth

Eastbourne Old Town cafe SUS-141028-102057001
Eastbourne Old Town cafe SUS-141028-102057001

A new cafe for young people has opened its doors in Old Town in time for winter.

The Lounge is behind St Elisabeth’s Church in Vicarage Drive and at present opens every other Saturday from 7.30-9.30pm.

The next session for 11-18 year olds is tomorrow night (Saturday November 1) followed by one on Saturday November 15.

Issy Rann, who helped start The Lounge with a group of young people in the Old Town area, said, “Winter is coming and the nights are getting long, so where do young people go to hang out with their friends?

“The answer is a ground-breaking cafe for kids in Eastbourne that is offering a one-off heart-warming deal of free entry for the next few weeks.

“The Lounge is a stylish cafe-bar with Banksy-style art, moody lighting and bean bags to crash on as well as cafe tables.

“It was designed and decorated by the young people themselves with a little help from the adults.

“This is not a youth club, there is no set programme and nobody will tell you what to do.”

“It’s for people to make their own fun, and we do. We’ve got musical instruments and microphones, so you can have a jam or perform to your mates. There’s a big screen Wii and table football, or you can of course just chill out and enjoy some nachos and a hot chocolate.”

Everyone is welcome, but there is a membership scheme for regulars who have a say in how the cafe is run.

Entry is usually £2 for non- members, but for the next two sessions The Lounge is offering free tickets to all those who want to come and try it out.

“You don’t have to come in for the whole time, drop in whenever you like,” said Sarah Adlam, one of the adults who helps to run The Lounge.

“You don’t have to be a performer or arty either, just come as you are. You’ll be welcome.”

Supporters of the project include East Sussex Youth Bank, Bonners, Owen Contractors, Colston, Old Town actor Peter Sundby, Sunflower Electrics, Eastbourne Borough Council and St Elisabeth’s Church.

Further information can be found at www.thelounge.org.uk