Work starts on church and hall in Hailsham

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Work on a £400,000 project to create a new church and community hall on Hailsham’s Ropemaker Park is due to start on Monday (August 18).

The project is being led by Hailsham Frontiers Charitable Trust.

It will fit out the building’s shell, creating a large, multi-purpose hall with seating for 300 people.

A kitchen will also be fitted, as well as toilets, and a small meeting room will also be created.

The charitable trust anticipates that as well as it being a place of worship for Christchurch Hailsham, the building will be used by local community groups for meetings, courses and events.

The trust currently provides debt counselling services, youth work, a parent and toddler group, and courses on marriage and parenting.

Members are also involved in Hailsham’s Foodbank, which will move to the centre once it is complete.

Funding for the work is coming from several organisations, including The Veolia Environmental Trust, which has awarded £35,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund, the Good New Evangelical Mission, which awarded £25,000, and The Norwood and Newton Settlement, which awarded £17,500.

The rest of the money has largely come from Hailsham Frontiers Charitable Trust’s own funds and from members of the church.

Speaking about the start of work, Senior Leader Andrew Johnston, said: “This is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream of local people to build a facility to serve the needs of our community.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said he was delighted the project was getting underway.

He said: “It is great to hear that this work is starting next week and I look forward to seeing this new community hub for Hailsham take shape.”