A new ‘leaf of life’ for iconic town building

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A generous gift means vital repair work to an iconic Eastbourne building can now continue.

Eastbourne charity, The Roy Hudson Trust, has donated £3,000 to a project to refurbish Leaf Hall which means phase two of the roof project can now go ahead.

Leaf Hall has been central to the town’s community for 150 years. It was Eastbourne’s first theatre, a hospital, surgery, school, even a church. Now it is a community arts centre.

As well as interesting historical finds, roofers discovered extensive damage to the timbers when work started on phase one of the project. This meant that extra funding of £2,500 was needed but the Roy Hudson Trust stepped in, clearing the extra costs and setting the hall on its way for phase two of the project.

Chair Gina Leonard said, “Although we could cover the cost through further fundraising, it’s great to know we can move forward rather than having to fundraise for work that has already been completed.

“We are working towards keeping the Leaf Hall, the only building in Devonshire West, as a central focus for the community.”

The next two fundraising events have already been organised and lined up. They are the Leaf Tea with home-made cakes and tea on Saturday, June 14 and a summer fair on Saturday, July 12 with Big Local Mermaids and a mariners’ themed street party where Seaside and the adjacent roads around the hall will be closed for street entertainment.

The aim of the Leaf Hall Trust is to provide the people of Eastbourne with a community arts centre that offers an excellent space for the arts and enterainment, exhibitions, workshops and regular classes as well as providing public rooms and a wide range of facilities for hire.

For details of all events at Leaf Hall visit: www.leafhall.co.uk, email: info@leafhall.co.uk, call: 01323 325764 or check Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre Facebook page. To donate make cheques payable to The Leaf Hall Trust and send to The Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre at 51 Seaside, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7NB or donate online at: www.leafhall.co.uk