Hundreds Discover Eastbourne’s Hidden Gem
Some 350 people turned out to discover Langney Priory in Etchingham Road on Saturday (27 October), as the doors were thrown open to what’s believed to be Eastbourne’s oldest building.
The Eco-Chateau group organised the event to not only showcase the historic house and grounds, but to also highlight their plans to return it to its former glory, whilst creating a unique training facility to help boost the town’s hospitality industry and accommodation to attract the glampers to explore the Sunshine Coast.
Visitors were treated to tours of the site, along with entertainment from Chalk Horse Music. Dozens of share certificates were snapped up by those keen to get involved in the project, which will be very much community driven, with more than 150 more expressing an interest in purchasing shares on the day.
Eco-Chateau Director, Charlie Turner said, “We were delighted and overwhelmed at the turnout we had on Saturday. This is a truly exciting project that we cannot wait to get our teeth into. Already, there has been so much work going on to ready the area, with volunteers working hard to help re-discover the overgrown gardens, finding ancient apple trees along the way. There will be something for everyone in Eastbourne to get involved with and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the site develop over the coming months.”
Jim Murray, a lecturer at Brighton College said, “This really is going to be an incredible community project, which will go on to build an amazing new space and resource for Eastbourne. It will also create an array of new jobs and apprenticeships across different areas connected with running a project such as this.”
Further open days and community events at Langney Priory are planned for the future, with details to be released in due course.
Date added: 29 October 2018