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A much-loved community venue in Burgess Hill which has hosted thousands of groups since it opened in 1972 will be 'sorely missed'.

Martlets Hall - Located in the heart of Burgess Hill - closed its doors on Saturday, June 30, to allow for the redevelopment of the town centre - a 65 million pound project by developer NewRiver REIT.

That will see the town gain a ten-screen cinema, hotel, 142 flats, a new library, as well as extra retail and restaurant units.

Read more at: www.midsussextimes.co.uk

Bedlam's brought it home!

Bedlam Brewery took home a haul of 4 Gold Medals including Overall Cask Champion for Phoenix at the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards, which took place in Tonbridge last week. Bedlam Phoenix, Porter and Amagansett beers also won Gold awards within their Cask categories.

"We're incredibly proud to have beaten such tough competition to bring home a total of 4 medals from this South East competition!" said Ops Manager, Oliver Marsh, "We were up against the likes of Hammerton, Redemption Brewing and Andwell Brewing; all of whom are really good and we love what these guys are doing."

These awards mean so much to Bedlam as they're judged by brewing peers, industry experts and beer journalists, local CAMRA members and beer enthusiasts and very much seen as the prestigious 'Brewers' choice Awards by the industry.

Phoenix 3.9%. An Extra Pale American Ale with some of the boldest US Hops: Citra, Amarillo and Cascade. Top fermenting yeast used in many of the iconic American craft beers is imported and pitched to give its characteristic dry, soft, smooth and clean finish.

To find out more about Bedlam Brewery visit their website: https://bedlambrewery.co.uk/


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.