COMMUNITY centres in Lewes have received more than £2000 from shoppers donations at the town’s annual Christmas festival.
The funds, which total £2033, will be split between three community centres – St Mary’s Social Centre, the Malling Community Association and the Railway Land Project’s Linklater Pavilion. The Christmas Festival is organised by volunteers from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce to boost retail business and support local charities. Organisers say much of the cash was raised at the annual Late Night Shopping event on December 1, which is now in its 30th year.
David Clark of Lewes Chamber of Commerce said: “I am delighted that these funds are going to the community centres which play such an important role in our town. Lewes Christmas Shopping Festival is now much-anticipated, with festive fun for people of all ages. Along with my Lewes Chamber of Commerce colleagues I look forward to planning next year’s events.”
Members from each community centre thanked shoppers for the donations and said the money would help towards repairs and improvements. Liz Allsobrook of Malling Community Association said: “Thank you very much to all for this contribution.This will go a long way in our plans for repairs and improvements to the building.”
Colin Reynolds of St Mary’s Social Centre said: “We shall be using the money to help landscape the grounds and provide a new noticeboard. Presenting a welcome face to the public helps attract newcomers to our facilities.”
John Parry Director of the Railway Land Project said: “We are very grateful for the money raised from generous late night shoppers and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. This will go towards the exciting new Linklater Undercroft displays that will gradually unfold during the Spring but will start with a preview of Chris Drury’s heart of reeds display and video installation on January 14 and 15, from 2-6p.m.”