King's Church Centre in Grange Road

Uckfield King’s Church Centre on the move

Uckfield King’s Church Centre is moving from its premises in Grange Road where it has been based for about 15 years.

The church is looking for new accommodation in the town and some activities at the centre are moving to other venues.

Spokesman for the King’s Church, Sid Martin, confirmed they were surrendering the lease and had to be out by September 26 at the latest.

At the moment no decision has been made on where the new centre will be located.

The forthcoming move means that Open Door, which has provided a free lunch to anyone who wants one each Thursday lunchtime, is changing to a morning “coffee and cake” session, running from 10am to noon.

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Guests at the final Open Door lunch at the King’s Church Centre, Uckfield

Mr Martin said: “Our hope is obviously that when we find our own suitable premises that providing a lunch will be able to form part of our community work again, he said.

Ade Ward, the church’s lead Elder, thanked the many volunteers who helped and created a tremendous community feel at Open Door.

Uckfield Town Mayor, Ian Smith, attended the final lunch.

He commented: “I was very pleased to attend what turned out to be such a sweet and sad occasion. This lunch club has provided so many people with a hearty meal for over 20 years, but now King’s Church must find new premises to carry on with this good work.

“I wish them well in their search and hope that it will not be too long before they are fully up and running again. This is a very valuable benefit to the community.”

Services as usual at Civic Centre

Open Door coffee and cake will be on Thursdays at the Grange Road centre but from July 13 the day and venue will change to meeting on Mondays in the Ashdown Room of the Uckfield Civic Centre, at the same time of 10am.

King’s Church services will continue to be held as usual on Sundays at Uckfield Civic Centre.

After the summer holidays, the Over Ones and Under Ones groups are moving to the Foresters Hall in Harcourt Road. The free sessions at the new centre start on September 10.

*Uckfield Foodbank, which uses the King’s Church Centre to distribute food, is looking for new premises. Its warehouse is unaffected.

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