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Community Wise

Welcome to Community Wise, in Old Town, Eastbourne

A community centre with a Christian basis

BACK THIS THURSDAY ... Our Computer Surgery Drop in restarts this Thursday, 30th June, 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 ...

- A fascinating introduction to local history will take place on Monday 4th July and the 11th July from 2.30 until 3.45 pm .... booking now .... and costing £15 per person, these workshops will be led by local artist and author Clare Dales ... 

- Free Communication workshop led by the East Sussex Hearing Resource centre. 27th June 6-8pm. Phone 722924 for details.

-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 for further information.

Saturday 30th July - Community Village Market from 10:00 to 12:30 ... variety of stalls and refreshments available. Free admission. Come along - everyone is welcome.  

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

Free Computer Clinic drop ins - in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council Go Project - bring your laptop, tablet, I-phone, mobile or other device and learn how to use them and solve those problems - restarting now - every Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm ... individual help for your own problem solving ...

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 ... 

Tuesday Little Stones Parent and Toddler 9.45 to 11.45 am, NCT Bumps and Babes Wednesday morning, Little Bears Soft Play Monday and Imagination Station or Messy Play on Thursday mornings ... for parents, babies and preschoolers .... 

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

A huge thank you to Upperton Ward Councillors who have donated £2000 from their ward budget and to Old Town Wartd Councillors for £1,500.  We thank South East Water for £500 to buy new sports equipment, balls and nets for our new play area - now ready for use  ..... 

ASDA celebrated its 50th Birthday 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!

A huge thank you too to SUSSEX COMMUNITY FOUNDATION who has recently awarded Community Wise a fantastic £4000 towards our refurbishment project 'out the back'.  Thank you to the Barnabas Fund for their recent award and the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation for their donation. Thank you to all our individual donors and to our neighbours, Tennants Property who made a generous contribution. 

Since 2006 our freehold premises have undergone complete refurbishment, renewal and upgrading ...we now have wonderful indoor facilities .... but .... '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. Everyone is to benefit - especially 100 preschool children, the 25 members of Sussex Epilepsy Youth Group, 35 young carers, and 40 local children aged 9 to 14 who attend our Live Wires Youth Club.  THANK to Waitrose, Sussex Police Property Fund, RM Pettitt Recycling and REID BRIGGS INSURANCE BROKERS.  Thank you to The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, All Churches Trust, GEM, The Beatrice Laing Foundation 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 fitted kitchen units 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. 


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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