Hailsham care home welcomes back brewery

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Beer barrels were rolled back into the former Lynn brewery building in Hailsham for a celebration of Sussex ales organised by a care home which now occupies the site.

Care UK’s Bowes House, in Battle Road, chose to mark National Care Homes Open Day by holding the special celebration.

The ale was supplied by Turners brewery in Ringmer which is hoping to recreate the beer that used to be brewed by Lynns.

Head brewer Rob Thomas said he had discovered a recipe and was now trying to source the right ingredients to produce an ale closely resembling that which used to be brewed on the site.

Bowes House manager Alison Barner said they were delighted Turners were showing an interest in the former brewery.

The brewery has been commemorated in pictures in the refurbished building and also in the naming of a coffee bar within it.

She looked forward to the day a celebration of Sussex ales could include the Lynn brew.

In the meantime visitors and residents enjoyed sampling Turners Best and Golden ales, along with soft drinks and party fare.

Bowes House, which has 90 beds for older people seeking personalised nursing, residential and respite care opened at the beginning of June.

The Mayor of Haisham, Cllr Jo Bentley, cut the ribbon to declare the new home open. The care home employed 55 people from the local area and said there will be more employment opportunities as the number of residents increases.

Staff said there has been great interest in the home from Hailsham townspeople who watched building progress.

Residents are moving in and a friends’ association has been set up. Members are welcome to enjoy facilities on offer at Bowes House, including a cinema, hairdressing salon and the coffee shop, and to join in Bowes House social events.

Chairperson Mary Laxton, whose mother Alma Gunston was one of the first residents to move in, said she was enjoying her role.

For more information about the care home visit its website at http://www.careuk.com/bowes-house.

If you would like to speak to someone about the new home you can also call them on 03332 228690.