New look village hall is revealed in Litlington

Villagers celebrate the new Litlington Village Hall
Villagers celebrate the new Litlington Village Hall

A village hall in Litlington has been given a make over after funds were raised to reinvigorate the building.

The 1950s hall which serves the villages of Litlington, West Dean and Lullington, now has a new outdoor seating area following major grounds works, direct access to its playground, new double doors and a flint wall has been restored.

More than £12,000 was raised through fundraising and donations in the parish for the works and more than 20 volunteers have given 100 days of their time towards the project.

A capital grant aid of £16,500 was also secured from the South Downs National Park’s Sustainable Communities Fund, the Veolia Environmental Trust’s Landfill Communities Fund, Wealden District Council’s Community Grant and Cuckmere Valley Parish Council.

The project was one of the priorities set out in the Cuckmere Valley Parish Plan in 2009.

Villagers hosted a garden party last month to open the project.

Richard Mann, trustee of the hall and former parish council chairman, said: “This project has highlighted the wealth of talent and enthusiasm in this small community, and demonstrates what can be achieved by sheer dedication and hard work.”

Litlington Village Hall is in constant use by the Kindergarten, clubs and activities including pilates, yoga, sewing and the weekly coffee morning as well as council meetings and private functions.

Villagers said they would like to thank Cuckmere Valley Flint Repairs, A and S Brown Plant Hire Ltd from Polegate, Brian Huntly Builders and Decorators from Seaford, Richard Bartlett - tree and landscape management, and Lambert and Sutton for their hard work.

They also wished to thank the grant funding bodies.

Litlington Village Hall was built in 1953 and was a gift to the parish by Richard Canning Brown in memory of his wife Maud.

The village hall replaced an army hut and is now the focal meeting point for the three villages of Litlington, West Dean and Lullington.

In February 1977 Mr Brown, the hall benefactor, died leaving a legacy of £500 for the trustees to spend and a piece of land behind the hall for a playground.

The playground was created in 1978 and officially opened in 1980.

A portrait of Mr Brown painted by a parishioner hangs on the south wall.

In 2009 the Cuckmere Valley Parish Council’s Parish Plan identified the hall as a ‘vital resource’ in the community.