A community centre for the 21st century

Group of local residents who have been designing and making a mosaic for the Ore Community Centre
Group of local residents who have been designing and making a mosaic for the Ore Community Centre

PLANS are afoot to give a well-used community centre a fresh new look and bring it into the 21st century.

Ore Community Centre, in Old London Road, is a hub for dozens of community groups, from zumba to Hastings and District Geological Society, however the building is dated, and many local residents are unaware of all that goes on there.

Centre manager Mags Pawson said: “It’s a beautiful building, but it has been stuck in a time warp.

“We want to bring it into the 21st century, and open it up so that it is more accessible to people coming in off the street.”

Painting and decorating has already started, and other plans for the centre include moving the cafe to the front of the building and creating an outdoor seating area, new signage, and solar panels for the roof.

The Ore Community Association which runs the centre is to take over ownership of the building from East Sussex County Council in the coming weeks, and will be applying for funding to allow the work to go ahead.

A group of local residents have been meeting weekly at the community centre to work on designing and making a giant mosaic, which will hang in the foyer. The artwork is in the form of a postcard of Hastings featuring local landmarks and iconic figures.

The project is led by artist Emma Frankish, of Mosaic Malarky, which has a number of other projects in the pipeline for the Ore Centre.

She said: “I wanted to bring some community art into this area of Hastings and offer arts and craft workshops that are accessible and affordable for everybody.”