Three venues battle it out for funding bid

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Royal Hippodrome Theatre ENGSNL00120110911162800

Three Eastbourne organisations are asking for the public vote to support them in their bid for a cash boost.

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Seaside, Community Wise in Ocklynge and Eastbourne Swimming Club could all be in the running for funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

The fund invites people to submit a project for a community organisation and then secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in the community to be entered into the finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

The Hippodrome needs the cash to carry out initial projects so it can then apply to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for £1.2million to restore the 130 year old theatre in Seaside.

Darren Weir from the theatre said, “There is huge potential for the building and we plan to make the theatre a heritage attraction as well as maintain the venue as a fully operational theatre. By combining heritage and the arts it will be able to offer the young and all local schools with an educational resource.”

Eastbourne Swimming Club wants cash to take a squad of swimmers with coaches to the Olympic pool in London to complete a training day at the pool.

A club spokesperson said, “The club trains in 25 metre pools so experience in a 50 metre pool is critical to prepare the swimmers for long course meets. A small group travelled to the pool this week to watch the British Championships and have returned with great enthusiasm.

“Eastbourne Swimming club is one of the largest not for profit providers of sports training for children in the area. All teaching and club organisation is by volunteers. 2016 will see the club celebrate its 150th birthday, so it would be fantastic to tie a trip in with that event.”

Community Wise, which provides community facilities and activities for more than 3,500 people in an average term time week, is bidding for money for its outdoor play area.

Sue Relf at Community Wise said, “Building work is under way. The whole back area is being redeveloped and includes extending community rooms at the back of the building as well as renewing the play area. We have raised £135,000 already and with the public votes we can raise the extra £10,000 we need to complete the work this summer. No running costs will be required once the work is completed.”

The Hippodrome currently has 2,300 votes, Eastbourne Swimming Club has 462 and Community Wise has 100.

Members of the public can register at and log in to get 10 votes which can either be spread across a range of projects or used to support just one project.

For the theatre visit, for ESC and for Community Wise.