Meads Ward Councillors have ensured that the Eastbourne Heritage Centre can remain open after funding new fire protection equipment.
Councillors Robert Smart, Barry Taylor and Kathy Ballard were keen to support the centre in Carlisle Road, which has been open for more than 30 years and is popular with tourists and locals.
It houses various exhibitions from how Eastbourne has developed over the years to the current improvements at the Devonshire Quarter, and from July 7 a new exhibition will explore Eastbourne’s medical history from the 1860s up to today. The Victorian style cinema shows short general interest films about Eastbourne and its history and is also used for talks related to the exhibitions.
The Meads councillors agreed to give the Heritage Centre £690 from the devolved budget, which is a fund set aside to help community causes. In a joint statement the councillors said: “We were very happy to support the Heritage Centre. It’s run on an entirely voluntary basis and we appreciate everyone’s commitment to keeping this important building open. It is full of our rich history and home to some fascinating exhibitions and artefacts.”
John Swingland, co-chairman of the centre, added: “We’re very grateful to the councillors. They have been very approachable and we’re delighted that they agreed to our request as it meant that we didn’t have to use our own limited funds. We welcome all ages to the centre and look forward to a successful season.”
The Heritage Centre is open every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday between 2-5pm, and Saturday between 10am-4pm. Entry to the shop is free and admission to the exhibition rooms and cinema costs £1 for a child and £3 for an adult. Senior citizen and student tickets are £2.50, with a family ticket costing £6. Visit www.eastbourneheritagecentre.co.uk for more information.
Other local causes which the Meads councillors have contributed to through the devolved budget include £600 towards the cost of the printing and launch of a new book marking 100 years since the end of World War One. It focuses on the men named on Eastbourne’s Ascham Memorial Arch who died in the war, and will be published later in the year.
Last month’s International Women’s Day conference held at the Town Hall also benefitted from a £500 boost from Councillor Smart, Taylor and Ballard’s devolved budget. The event brought women together to consider topics specifically relevant to them.
Find out more: www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk