A clip from the film Bexhill Mini Holiday (1968) showing the exterior of the shelter (no audio):
In early November 2020, Bexhill Heritage started work with Rother District Council to help out with completing repairs to the shelter. We made a complete refurbishment, reopening the building as the Coronation Bandstand in April 2023. A multi-purpose event space where people are welcome to relax, enjoy refreshments, meet friends or simply watch the world go by.
Final Update 6 – April 2023
On the 1st of April 2023 at 11:00am, Bexhill Mayor Paul Plim and Councillor Kathy Harmer opened the Coronation Bandstand. A weekend of celebrations followed with many local entertainers and groups.
Update 6 – January 2023
Roof tiles installed
Doors, windows, lighting, speakers and wiring installed
Update 5 – October 2022
All old side panels have been removed and replaced with new design, currently being painted.
Ventilation panels have been made, painted and fitted.
Roof crest has been installed.
Update 4 – July 2022
Ceiling has been painted.
Bargeboard’s have been repaired, replaced where needed and painted.
Update 3 – May 2022
All old paint has been removed from ceiling.
Panels are being repaired and remade.
New maintenance hatches.
New paint has started to be applied.
Update 2 – August 2021
Old paint on the ceiling has started to be stripped away.
Top panels removed.
Submitted our planning application to Rother District Council.
Update 1 – November 2020
Roadways of Hailsham have donated one day’s labour and equipment to remove the old floor.
Roof tiles have removed and roof slats replaced.
A loft-hatch has been found and opened.
We are in the process of cleaning the roof-space, a lot of the artefacts we’re sifting through date from June 1974. Finds include newspapers, alcoholic beverages, empty cigarette packets, paint cans and the original gas pipes used for lighting.
Initial Condition Survey
Damaged by vandalism
Loose roof tiles
Dry rot in posts
Dry rot in mouldings