COF Approval

MECC have been approved for Community Ownership Fund grant

3/24/20241 min read

Press release

24th March 2024
for immediate release

Fantastic news! We are absolutely delighted to advise that we have been successful in our application for a Community Ownership grant of £450,000 to save the Meads Parish hall. We convinced the Government department to help save our treasured community asset and support the ambitions of our community.

Your help to realise our repair and refurbishment plans for the hall will be vital. To access the grant, we need to raise matched funding of £100,000 ourselves and we have been given only 12 months from now to finalise the works to the hall. Meads has shown its extraordinary community spirit numerous times before and we are sure we can do this again. Please do look at our website for ways in which you can donate to save the Parish hall. We will also be holding fund raising events over the coming months which we hope you will enjoy and support. On 18th April, the Eastbourne Silver Band concert will bring us entertainment and we have a garden party planned on 8th June.

This good news has already been shared with the Parochial Church Council (PCC). We hope to finalise the transfer of this much-loved community asset, currently at risk of loss, to the Meads (Eastbourne) Community Centre shortly. Recent discussion with the Charities Commission about such a transfer gives us optimism.

Please share the good news with your friends and neighbours and let’s save the Parish hall together!