The trustees of St Mary in the Castle have signed a lease with Hastings Borough Council this week to secure the future of the iconic venue.
Councillor Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “The council handed over the venue to Buckswood School in March 2013 on a temporary tenancy while more permanent arrangements were made with the charitable trust taking on the lease. Over the last two years extensive building works have been carried out at the venue.
“Buckswood really has made St Mary in the Castle a cultural destination on the south coast with a focus on youth and education, performing arts, bringing community groups together.
“The school has also developed a fantastic exhibition space and, of course, a cafe.
“We are now very pleased to be in the position to sign a permanent lease with the board of trustees to secure the future of this superb venue.”
Judy Rogers, secretary of the board of trustees, added: “We would like to thank Buckswood School for its support over the past two years and we are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership to the benefit of the people of Hastings and St Mary’s itself. This is a fantastic venue, and we hope that residents and visitors alike will continue to support us.”
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