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Meads (Eastbourne) Community Centre


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Transfer of Meads Parish Hall to Meads (Eastbourne) Community Centre

Status 10th June 2024

Open letter

Dear Meads Residents,

We, the Trustees of the Meads (Eastbourne) Community Centre (MECC), have been working hard trying to save the Parish Hall for the Meads community. We have been enthusiastically supported.....

Read the whole letter here where you can also comment and see what others are saying

History of the Hall

As a volunteer and now trustee, I have read and listened to accounts from locals and trawled through hundreds of pages of documents while building up a history of the Parish Hall.

Take a look at the timeline, and browse the documents that shed light on the Parish Hall story. Read about the noble gift, the lost vault box, and the contested ownership.

Will you be as shocked as I was at the events that took place in Meads.

Read it now

Support for MECC

Officials and Organisations

Minister for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities - Jacob Young MP
Eastbourne & Willingdon MP - Caroline Ansell
County Councillor for Meads - Brett Wright
Borough Councillors for Meads - Jane Lamb, Andy Collins
(and our Chairman, cllr Robert Smart)
Eastbourne planning and conservation officers
The Compton Estate
Meads Community Association
The Eastbourne Society
Meads Village Allotments
Friends of Meads Parks and Gardens
St Johns Bowling Club
Meads Women's Institute

Funding and Grant bodies

Community Ownership Fund
The John Jackson Charitable Trust
The Williams Trust
Eastbourne Borough Council (devolved budget)

Local residents

Over 850 signatures to an online petition run in 2023
Packed Hall for public meeting and fundraising events
Cash donations and pledges made

Hall users

Bees Knees Dog Training
Eastbourne Barn Dancing
Eastbourne Silver Band
Meads Art Circle
Pilates
Seven Sisters Camera Club
Monday Lunch Club and Coffee Pot volunteers
(Plus groups wishing to use the hall under new management)

Meads traders

Including the following who have actively helped so far:
The Ship public house
Chapman Wine Merchants
McGregor Lettings

About Us

We are a charity formed with the aspiration of acquiring and operating a community centre for the benefit of the people of Meads, Eastbourne

Our target venue is St. John's Parish Hall, which after nearly a hundred years of community service is in a poor state of repair. Coupled with the PCC of St. John's wish to dispose of the hall (announced at the end of 2022), we could both save this iconic community asset and provide Meads with a welcoming, inclusive, and up-to-date community centre, with similar purposes to those envisioned when built in the early 20th century.

The site was originally gifted to the community by the Duke of Devonshire in the 19th century, for use as a school. Since that school moved to larger premises, the original building was used as a Parish Room. The current hall, built in the early 20th Century, was for continuing that same function, within a larger footprint, after the original became dilapidated.

Happy Users

Love the community events at Meads Community Centre!

The classes offered are top-notch. Highly recommend!

The facilities are well-maintained and perfect for any event.

Meads Community Centre has become the heart of our neighbourhood.

our vision

We never though we could afford it, but they welcomed us in.

What we want to hear - not what is said now

Contact Us

Email

Phone

info@meadsecc.org

Not available yet - please email

See the venue

Hours
Address

77 Meads Road, Eastbourne,
BN20 7QL
Not for post

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm