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Community Wise

Welcome to Community Wise, in Old Town, Eastbourne

A community centre with a Christian basis


           Wide variety of local produce, crafts and stalls







Coming soon:


On Saturday 12th November from 10 am to 4 pm

A training course to help churches support bereaved people

Contact Rosie Carter on 07964 610504 /rosie@shakenvac.com for details


NEW SCRABBLE GROUP - starting on Wednesday 5th October from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Pick up details from reception - £2.50 per session ... new players welcome ...

YOUTH EPILEPSY SUSSEX - youth group and families support. Youth group meet on the 2nd Saturday each month 10:30-12:30pm. contact 07757240331

FAMILIES FOR AUTISM youth group and familes support: youth group meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday morning each month from 10:00am. Information: 07415137887

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TUITION Saturdays 9-12 term time Contact: 07730134246

THURSDAY Afternoons  ... Our Computer Surgery Drop in ... every Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm - free advice and help for all those agonies, niggles and problems with your gadgets, laptops, devices, tablets, phones etc .... tea or coffee available, just turn up ...

LITTLE STONES PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP - back after the holidays on Tuesday mornings 9.45 to 11.45 am ... £2 per family ... play, chat, relax, meet other parents and grandparents ...

CATALYST ARTS - Wide variety of workshops on Tuesday mornings - info  from www.catalystarts.co.uk .... tel 737839

LIP-READING COURSE - open to newcomers - Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm. Contact 722505 for more information ...

-If you're looking for a local party venue  or a place to hold a meeting - look no further. Community Wise offers excellent and fully equipped facilities at competitive available to hire in the week and at the weekends: two large halls, both with kitchen and an all weather playground with a large indoor room ideal for football or basketball parties. In addition, there are two large meeting rooms and two smaller seminar rooms. Booking in advance is essential. Please ring 01323 722924 for further information. 

Latest news ...

OLD TOWN QUILT GROUP is an enterprising group that meets fortnightly at Community Wise on Thursday afternoons on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 2.00 to 4.30 pm welcoming new enthusiasts of all abilities - just turn up.  More info from www.oldtownquilters.org.uk

GATHER meets at Community Wise every Friday morning from 11 am to 1.30 pm - meet, read newspapers, play table games, drink coffee, chat, make new friends - with a healthy and tasty lunch ... free entry, refreshments at reasonable cost ... everyone is welcome ... talk, eat, relax ...

NCT Bumps and Babes meets on Wednesday mornings for parents with their babies up to one year old ...

LITTLE BEARS SOFT PLAY runs every Monday morning, with Imagination Station or Messy Play on Thursday mornings ... for parents, babies and preschoolers .... see their website for details of the programme ...  www.littlebearssoftplay.co.uk

Calligraphy group meets on Wednesday mornings - open to newcomers ...

Living Stones Community Church meets every Sunday morning at 10.30 am .... all welcome .. 

ASDA celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2015 with a give away to good causes .... Community Wise received an award of £10,000 towards our Bring the Back to Life refurbishment project (see below).  We began life as Eastbourne YWCA in 1965, so 2015 was our golden anniversary too.  THANK YOU ASDA!  The restoration and renewal of the back of our premises is now complete, is all paid for and looks fabulous. Our community premises and facilities are second to none.

Since 2006 our freehold premises have undergone complete refurbishment, renewal and upgrading ...we now have wonderful indoor facilities.  'Out the back' there was an enclosed area of ground not visible from the front. It was much as it was when the Community Centre began its life in 1965 as the Eastbourne YWCA (see history page). During 2013 an imaginative scheme was drawn up to bring the back to life. Work to build an extension, a new community room and an all-weather play area for our children and young people's groups began in January 2015. Work was completed in April 2016. Everyone is now benefiting from these renewed facilities - especially 100 preschool children, the 25 members of Sussex Epilepsy Youth Group and local children aged 9 to 14 who attend our Live Wires Youth Club.  Our THANKS go to South-East Water, Waitrose, Sussex Police Property Fund, RM Pettitt Recycling and REID BRIGGS INSURANCE BROKERS who have given donations.  Thank you to The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, All Churches Trust, GEM, The Beatrice Laing Foundation, the Barnabas Trust, Sussex Community Foundation, EBC local Ward Councillors and The Rank Foundation for their awards. 

A huge thank you to LJB and Trevor May our main contractors. Grateful thanks to Gabriel Conolly, local tree surgeon, who has shredded and removed the branches and cuttings overhanging the play area free of charge.  Thank you to the volunteers who cut back the overgrowth.  Thank you to Magnet who have supplied kitchen units at cost price .... Thank you to the volunteers who have cleared the gardens and overhanging trees, fitted kitchen units, laid flooring and decorated the lovely new community room on the back mezzanine which is now in community use .... 


Energy saving:

An energy feasibility study was undertaken in 2009 with a grant from The Green Energy Fund. The recommendations were to install a condensing boiler, install cavity wall insulation, insulate the roof and install solar panels.  These measures were undertaken over the next three years with thanks to financial support from E-on Sustainable Energy Fund and Veolia Environmental Trust Landfill Communities Fund. 42 solar panels were installed on the flat roof by Freetricity in 2012. 


Adventurous people throughout the UK
to do something like this...

Fancy doing this yourself

Help us raise funds by making an exhilarating 10,000 feet free fall parachute jump. NO experience is required and if you raise the minimum amount of sponsorship you will get to jump for FREE!

For a free information pack call the Community Wise office on 01323-722924