The JPK Project unveiled its brand new Community Training Centre at an official opening event on Friday 29 September.
Dame Jane Whitely DBE, our Patron, was present to welcome our guests, including local dignatories; HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, and Mrs Margaret Field, Cllr Michael Ensor – Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Chris Hardy – Chairman to Wealden District Council, and Mrs Sue Hardy, Cllr Pat Hearn – Mayor of Eastbourne, with Mr Philip Hearn as Consort, Cllr Pam Doodes – Vice Chairman of Wealden District Council, and Rev Peter Doodes, Cllr John Pritchett BEM – Chairman of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council, and Cllr Fran Pritchett.
We were delighted to receive representatives from several grant making trusts, local clubs and societies, donors and supporters. And our guest list also included several future students and prospective residents who ably participated in the reception by serving canapes.
In her welcoming speech Dame Jane thanked everyone for their support and invited HM Lord Lieutenant Peter Field to officially open the Community Training Centre by unveiling a plaque in the Entrance Hall.
Our newly fitted ‘Palm Court Tea Rooms’ looked fantastic and provided a fabulous space for the event. Guests were able to view the new ‘Bradbury Training Kitchen’ too, which has been brought together thanks to the hard work and management of Mark Bennett, JPK Trustee.
Our grateful thanks also to CPL Architects, allied Partners and Contractors for their assistance in this endeavour and to Ivor McCann who undertook the photography on the evening.
The completion of the Community Training Centre is the first stage in our future development of the JPK Supported Living Centre. It is expected to open in early 2018 with the support of experienced volunteers whilst we continue to raise funds for qualified staff. By June 2018 we will be recruiting students to commence their training.
Fundraising continues for the building and refurbishment work to the communal rooms and for equipment and furniture to this area and the administrative offices. Alongside this, we have also commenced fundraising for the 8 semi-independent flats and the Activity Learning Centre and we are grateful to Andrew Devon who is assisting in this endeavour.