Refurbished hall boost for Langney

Reny Pulling and Ellen Duckett, volunteer members of the Langney Village Hall Association, join Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and his wife to celebrate the reopening of Langney Village Hall.
Reny Pulling and Ellen Duckett, volunteer members of the Langney Village Hall Association, join Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and his wife to celebrate the reopening of Langney Village Hall.

LANGNEY Village Hall has been reborn as a community venue more than 50 years after it first opened.

The hall, built as part of the original Langney estate in the 1950s, was the thriving centre of local village life, eventually becoming the council-run Langney Community Centre.

The building continued to serve the local residents and was home to a community library, clubs and societies while the police also set up an office there.

However, changing times resulted in the community centre being closed before a new group of trustees formed the Village Hall Association to help organise a refurbishment of the building, funded by the council.

A grand opening was organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and the Village Hall Association to highlight how the hall has been restored and explain how it will be used in future.

A dog show and other attractions also helped attract local people to the event.

Mayor of Eastbourne Mike Thompson cut a ribbon to declare the building open, and was joined by staff from the Village Hall Association for the cutting of a celebratory cake.

He said, “For decades the hall was at the centre of life here in Langney and it is great to see this popular building looking great and back in use.

“I hope as many as possible make the best use of the excellent facilities the hall offers so it can remain a vibrant community resource.”

Langney Village Association trustees say they have known each other for less than a year and are very proud of the success of the celebration on Sunday and look forward to a vibrant future for the Village Hall.

Residents are being urged to attend the next event which will be a Halloween Party for children on October 31.