Grant for community centre

Pelham Opening SUS-151127-140041001
Pelham Opening SUS-151127-140041001

A £47,000 grant from waste collection company Biffa has enabled the Pelham community project in Sidley to enter its second phase.

A function room, shower room and kitchen are now open to the local community with the ground floor restoration now complete.

The Pelham hosted a Formal Opening Event of Friday November 20 attended by Biffa representative, Ian Tridgell, and the Mayor of Bexhill, Cllr Maurice Watson.

Many local people and representatives of local organisations came along to celebrate the occasion and have a tour around the recently renovated area.

Project manager Ollie Jeffs explained: “Since the charity purchased The Pelham Hotel in 2012, these rooms have remained in disrepair and unavailable due to the large amount of work needed to refurbish them.

“Over the last few months’ contractors have been on site to install new plumbing, electrics, plaster-boarding and plaster.

“A team of dedicated volunteers have been decorating The Pelham and have been successful in showing off the high quality work.

“This is a significant milestone to have reached for The Pelham as a community centre. We now have the facilities to host a whole range of events, organisations and people from across the community”.

Gillian French, Head of Grants at Biffa Awards, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this project, with money from the Landfill Communities Fund.

“The team at The Pelham have worked very hard to create this fantastic space, and should be really pleased with the results.”

The Pelham is now available to hire out all week at very reasonable rates and the Coffee Lounge, which has been open since January in the original bar, is open 9.30am- 2.30pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

From January the Coffee Lounge will also be serving light lunches through the kitchen, and catering facilities will be available for hire.

If you would like to find more about The Pelham or are looking for a venue to book, please contact the office on 01424 576304, or email

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £155 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK.

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