OUT IN THE FIELD: New lease of life for Printers bar

Undiscovered Eastbourne: Chatsworth Gardens
Undiscovered Eastbourne: Chatsworth Gardens

It’s always nice to see redundant buildings being brought back to life so it’s good news that one former eatery in Station Street will soon re-open as Printers Playhouse, which is to become a theatre-bar-diner affair on three floors, with two stages. For those Eastbournians old enough to remember, Printers was part of Sumfield & Day’s old home and has been empty for some time after the last venture there did not fare so well. The entire venture is the brainchild of Chris Berry, former local politco and hotelier and his actor son, John, as well as several professional actors and drama teachers, who will stage plays and other performances plus there will soon be drama schools running during daylight hours in the future. Besides being a place to go for lunchtime to evening drinks and food, there are stages for solo performers and small groups downstairs, plus an 80-seat theatre space on the top floor for shows and theatre productions. It all sounds good for the town.

And while we’re on the subject of things being good for the town I like the sound of 20 little beach huts on the seafront by Fort Fun which is due to re-open its doors next month. And it also looks like the Heatherleigh Hotel on the prom is to have a new lease of life as holiday flats after being shut for some time.

There’s celebrations for one council employee this week: Gill Kemp is retiring after 49 years working at the authority. Gill currently works as PA to the council’s chief executive Rob Cottrill and will be sorely missed by her colleagues at the Town Hall and 1 Grove Road.

I have lived here all of my life and it’s funny how there are places I have never come across before. Take for instance, Chatsworth Gardens, rather lovely grand houses off the seafront in Meads which have been converted into flats. That has been my abode for the last week as my housing crisis rumbles out of control. Next week we are in a new eco friendly house in Roselands.

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