Seniors club to close for month after flooding

Chair of the Trustees Margaret Ticehurst & Trustee Ian Walker inspect the water damaged floor. SUS-140809-114123001
Chair of the Trustees Margaret Ticehurst & Trustee Ian Walker inspect the water damaged floor. SUS-140809-114123001
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Alice Croft House will be closed for about a month following a flood at the premises on Sunday August 31.

The flood at the Over 50s club on Cornfield Lane was caused after a plastic tap in the kitchen had been leaking for most of the weekend.

Two floors of Alice Croft House were badly damaged by the flood.

The cost of the damage is expected to be significant. Ian Walker, trustee at Alice Croft House, said, “I turned up at around 9pm and the place was flooded. I would imagine that costs are going to run into the thousands.”

Their insurance is due to cover the costs, with loss adjusters expected to visit this week.

The flood damaged carpets, flooring, ceilings, electric cables and consumer units.

More concerning for Ian, however, is the fact that local elderly people won’t have anywhere to socialise.

“This means they probably won’t see their friends as much as they would like to,” he added.

“It might cut off their link to the outside world quite significantly.

“Many of our members are over 80 years old and for them it is a hub.”

The clubhouse hosts a range of activities including snooker, zumba classes, coffee mornings, bingo, cards, carpet bowls and arts and crafts.

They also run a charity shop on Grove Road and members are being encouraged to carry on socialising at the shop.

Ian said the club is likely to be back up and running in about a month but could not give exact details.

After everything is replaced it is hoped it will be refurbished to an even higher standard than it was before. Rooms were already recently refurbished prior to the incident

The club was formerly known as the Eastbourne Seniors Club.

It was opened as a registered charity in 1954. The three-storey building is a converted warehouse of historical interest.

The club welcomes all over 50s and you do not have to be a member to enjoy the activities available.