Centre’s history to be uncovered

The Archery Youth Centre as a music box.
The Archery Youth Centre as a music box.

THE HISTORY of the Archery Youth Centre is to be uncovered as it heads towards a major milestone.

The building, right, was opened by Reverend VRD Hellaby in March 1966 and since then the building has been at the hub of the Archery area for many local people.

It is now run as an East Sussex County Council Youth Development Service building and a thriving youth centre. It is also home to a wide variety of groups and clubs including the 1st Eastbourne group scouts and cubs, the Acorn Club, Sussex Downs Adult Education classes and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Its 50th birthday is in 2016 but residents who have used the centre are being asked to get in touch with staff with their memories, stories and newspaper clippings.

Their recollections will form part of the Eastbourne Festival 2011 which is running from April 23 to May 15.

Debbie Cadwallender at the centre said, “Some of the staff have been at the centre for many years and are now seeing a third generation of young people from some families coming through the doors, and those of us who were brought up in the area remember coming down to the popular Roller Discos nights as young people ourselves.

“To depict the colourful history of the building and the area we live in, we hope to record this history in an exciting way using a wide range of mixed media techniques which will result in an exhibition and installation for Eastbourne residents to come and enjoy.”

Next year the centre will host three ‘cake and conversation’ days for people to drop in. The first is on January 8.

For further details contact Debbie Cadwallender or Helen Ding on 646591.