The Eco Cafe reaffirms our belief that it is the Ardingly community that makes the College so special.
Small in scale and sustainable in approach, this project nevertheless packs a big punch in terms of its positive impact, bringing the community together after the challenges of 2020.
For several years, students have asked for a space in which they could meet and get to know each other outside their houses and classes. The College also lacks a dedicated space in which staff, parents, Old Ardinians and the broader Ardingly community can gather. The Eco Cafe meets these needs. Having been kept apart for so many months by COVID-19, the opportunity to come together in a shared social space will be appreciated all the more.
Maintaining our dedication to sustainability, the Eco Cafe will be realised through the refurbishment of an existing wooden building, which formerly housed Ardingly’s squash courts. Located in West Quad, near the historic main building, the Eco Cafe will be both physically and socially at the heart of the College.
Due to a significant founding donation, we are now within reach of building the cafe. With your support we will be able to complete the project in the next 12 months. By this time next year, students, staff, parents and Old Ardinians will all be able to enjoy the Eco Cafe and the additional social connection it will offer every member of the Ardingly community.
heads on the run
James Johnson, Head of Senior School, and Harry Hastings, Head of Prep School, will celebrate 150 years of education at Ardingly by running from the site of the original school in Shoreham all the way to the College on Sunday 25th October. In 1870 the boys left 24 Church Street in Shoreham, took the train to Haywards Heath and walked to their new school buildings in Ardingly. In 1970 the anniversary was marked with an epic Junior School trek from from Shoreham to Ardingly. In 2020 our intrepid Heads will don their running shoes and take on this challenge to raise money for our Eco Cafe.
“COVID derailed our 150th anniversary celebrations but this cafe will bring the community together and, after all, it is the community which makes Ardingly so special and that is what this project celebrates.”
“This cafe will represent the College community coming together and supporting each other, a positive legacy to come from the year we should have been celebrating 150 years at Ardingly and yet spent so much of it in lockdown.”
Show Your Support, Give a Cuppa
Make all their hours of training worthwhile (not to mention the blisters and Harry’s fractured ankle back in June) by sponsoring James and Harry today by “buying a cuppa!”
Every gift – even just the cost of one cup of coffee – will help us reach our total and get this project underway for the benefit of everyone in the Ardingly community.