Meeting house development

January 2024 – Building Work at the Meeting House has been completed!

Changes made:

  • Safer step-free access from Styles Way, with a new front gate.
  • An extension at the back, providing a welcoming entrance foyer and corridor with level access to all rooms.
  • Essential repairs to the historic listed building, including damp-proofing.
  • The building has been made more energy efficient by adding sustainable heating and soundproofing.
  • In addition to our existing Meeting Room and Community Room, two new small rooms have been added, ideal for counselling or working away from home. All are available to hire by Friends and local community groups, organisations and individuals.
  • Improvements to the garden, including the planting of two new trees.

Building work began on 7th November 2022 and was completed in January 2024.

The background: 

Lewes Quakers first met in 1655 and the Meeting House was erected in 1784.  There have been alterations to the building over the centuries, but recently major repairs and improvements were necessary, both to preserve our heritage and to address our concerns for sustainability, accessibility and community.

There are many original features in the Meeting House, including wood panels and listed benches. Rot had been found in the balcony, so it had been closed for safety reasons. In addition to Meetings for Worship, the building is used by many people in the local community, including groups for meditation and for adult learning, groups that support parents, refugees, carers and more. However, the steps and tight corners made access difficult for some.  We have now made our building more inclusive and hospitable, and we would like to work more effectively with local groups on our Quaker concerns, including social change and climate justice.

If you would like to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the Meeting House, your contribution would be gratefully received by Sussex East Area Quaker Meeting (Registered Charity 1173819). Please see details below for ways to contribute:

By cheque payable to Sussex East Area Quaker Meeting, posted to The Treasurer, Friends Meeting House, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE.

By BACS transfer to the SEAQM account with your name in the reference field:

Account 21905339 Sort code: 16-58-10

Visit the “Just Giving” page via this link: click on the DONATE button.

If you are eligible to Gift Aid your donation, that would be very helpful. A copy of the Gift Aid form can be found below, for you to print, fill out and return to the Treasurer at the address listed above.

Gift aid declaration form (click on the highlighted text to open document)

Thank you so much, Friends.