It’s been nearly 10 years in the making, but there isn’t much longer to wait for the fabulous Quarry Building to be unveiled at the Aldingbourne Country Centre.

On November 30th, the Aldingbourne Trustwho are celebrating their 40th year next year, will be celebrating the buildings progress by holding a “Topping Out” Ceremony.

It is a local enterprise that helps people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to live independent lives.

The new Visitor Centre will enable the Trust to support more people with disabilities in training and employment.


For centuries, builders have celebrated the moment the building structure reaches it's topmost point. This age-old tradition, conceived to bestow good luck on a building, is taking place in the new Quarry building, which is due to open next Spring.


Paul has attended the Aldingbourne Country Centre since its inception almost forty years ago and said “I am so excited and proud to be part of this and help with the building”.


Paul Dunne, one of the original members of the Aldingbourne Trust is guest of honour. 

Paul will be putting one of the 32,000 cedar shingles on the building. 

Sue Livett, Managing Director, said:


“This is such an fantastic development for the Aldingbourne Trust. It has taken ten years to get to this point and we are really looking forward to having these wonderful new facilities from Spring 2018. We will be offering more opportunities to support people with learning disabilities in social enterprises and welcoming more visitors and local businesses to the centre. We would like to thank everybody who has been involved with the project so far to help us provide first class facilities for decades to come.”


The Trust has received a lot of local and regional support, including people sky diving, abseiling, cycling, running, Henry Adams completed the Screwball Rally, and the grant from Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership.


Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said: 


“We are delighted to be contributing to the Aldingbourne Trust project which will not only enhance local employment opportunities but provide a vital place for the community. Our support will help provide more space, training, learning facilities and opportunities to engage with local business and people.”

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