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A revised funding plan for a Community Centre and Performing Arts Venue goes to Burgess Hill Town Council Finance Committee for approval this month.

The consultation earlier this year showed that residents are fully supportive of a new community centre and performing arts venue located in the middle of town. However, residents did not want to fund it through an increase in the council precept.

This result could have meant the cancelling of the project entirely but the council felt strongly that there must be such a facility to serve the current and future generations in the expanding Burgess Hill. Therefore, it went back to the drawing board with a renewed determination to provide a range of facilities for community groups, as well as a performance venue.

Read more at: https://www.burgesshill.gov.uk/


Homes England is to build up to 3500 homes, a new link road, three schools and employment space at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill.

The multi-million pound project is the largest investment Homes England has ever made.

A pair of community-minded ladies raised over 100 pounds at car boot sales all in aid of improving the experience for members of the Cherry Tree Centre on Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill From a further two car boot sales they used the proceeds to purchase compost and bedding plants to replace the weeds in the pots and raised beds around the grounds.

Charity Abigail's Footsteps won a competition, which meant that Novus Property Solutions carried out the building work for the suite free of charge.

Abigail's Footsteps also provided a cold cot for the suite, which was funded by Leanne Gates in memory of her son Jenson. A "cold cot" enables parents to spend longer with their babies following their death. A further 22,000 pounds was raised for the suite by Sussex based charity Oscar's Wish Foundation and local bereaved parents Kara Carling, Jessica Jones and Leanne Gates. The project was led by pregnancy loss midwives Hayley Stevenson and Shelley Trigwell.

Gemma Kybert set up Oscar's Wish Foundation in memory of her son Oscar who was stillborn in 2014. She explained that she was keen to create a legacy for him by helping other grieving parents. Similarly, bereaved parents Kara and David Carling, who live in Burgess Hill, raised 15,000 pounds for Oscar's Wish Foundation for the suite after their daughter Jessica was stillborn at 33 weeks last year. Kara explained, Oscar's Wish Foundation renovated the bereavement room where Jessica was born at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, last October.

"I could tell that the room was designed by a fellow bereaved parent. It was bursting with love and thoughtful touches. It provided so much comfort at a devastating time. Having a dedicated bereaved room meant so much to my husband and I. It enabled us to make memories together with Jessica and to read to her. There was no time pressure to say goodbye like there would have been if we were on the ward. The room has definitely helped our grieving process."

She recalled "After losing Jessica, I had so much love that needed to be directed somewhere and as Jessica tragically wasn't alive to receive it, it felt right to channel it into helping others who lose a baby too. When I heard that the Royal Sussex County Hospital didn't have a bereavement room I knew I had to help to provide that dedicated space for fellow bereaved parents."

The suite is located on Level 13 of the Thomas Kemp Tower block. Oscar's Wish Foundation has supplied the suite with care packages, practical information and will finance maintenance costs.

It's been seven days since the passing of Elido Vargus, only 15 years old. An online book of remembrance has been set up which as of this moment has just over 70 contributions. You are able to leave your own message or read others about Elido at ripelido.tk/

A Minutes Silence - At the request of their junior members, Burgess Hill Cricket Club held a minutes silence at St John's Park on Saturday afternoon ahead of their fixture with Scaynes Hill CC. Younger members of the community gathered around the boundary to join in with the silence.

St John's Church - Those affected by the death of Elido have been visiting St John's Church who have put on a series of special services. Many flowers have been lined up by the entrance, along with notes and cards. A temporary memorial has been set up which includes a bag of Haribos, a monkey, yoghurt, a potato and an orange.