Warbleton Housing Association are pleased to announce that refurbishment works are under way at Osborne House, Rushlake Green, to upgrade the community room. Osborne House dates back to the early 1960s and was originally built with the community room separate lacking a direct internal link to the 12 residents flats, with access only via a separate external door. This refurbishment will provide for a new internal door opening from the residents entrance hall directly into the community room. This will make the community room more inclusive for the residents use. A new larger kitchen is also being installed, replacing the old kitchen which was squeezed into a 3 foot wide passageway. The new design and layout will provide a very open plan feel and will also include a built-in workstation for the housekeeper. A refreshed decorative scheme for the community room – with new carpeting, furniture and internet connection – will further compliment the new kitchen for the enjoyment of the residents and their visitors.

To banish the winter blues, plans are also afoot to transform the residents garden for the summer months. A scheme for new pathways, seating areas, pergola, terrace and new planted areas are proposed. This will be subject to fund-raising for which a number of village events are planned, the first being a wine tasting evening provided by Cuculo Delicatessen of Heathfield on Saturday 8th February at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Rushlake Green Village Stores, at £20 per person to include supper.

The photo above shows work in progress with (left to right) Robert Verrell – Osborne House Property Manager, Mrs Betty Partridge – Osborne House resident, Peter Baldwin of Baldwin Builders, Ringmer.
Many thanks to Robert Verrell for contributing this article.