About Us

The Pelham is a local Christian charity that enriches lives in practical and diverse ways for our community in Sidley, Bexhill. This is through connection, encouragement and opportunities in an era of isolation and great challenge. The Pelham aims to benefit the community as a Charity, Community Hub & Coffee Lounge, though our charitable activities & projects, and effective partnership working.

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History of
The Pelham

The new chapter of life at The Pelham began when Sidley Baptist Church began dreaming of buying The Pelham Hotel to help transform the local community, through a welcoming space and practical help. As a church, over £400,000 was raised in donations to buy the freehold for the building in its entirety for under £250,000 back in 2012, originally under the banner of ‘Pelham Trust’. In August 2014 ‘The Pelham CIO’ was formed to launch the charity, and in January 2015 we opened the doors for the first time as a Community Hub & Coffee Lounge. Over the last 5 years we have completed 3 more phases of capital development and now have two floors fully refurbished for community use. We have plans for the basement and top floors, as well as expanding our charitable activities further afield.

Meet us

Ollie

Ollie is the leader and the CEO of the charity and has been involved with The Pelham since the beginning of the vision in 2010 He is passionate about empowering people and community development. He loves his coffee and even has his signature drink, an “Ollie-cano”.
Ollie

Jacky

Jacky is our RunningSpace director who is running to beat suicide with every step. She leads an amazing group of walk2runners and truly believes that running in a community group can improve the physical and mental health of people. She’s our very own ‘Unsung Hero’ and is an inspiration to so many.
Jacky

Pili

Pili is our Volunteer & Coffee Lounge Manager and is the oil in the machine of day to day life at The Pelham. She loves bringing out the best in others and giving everyone equal opportunities to thrive. She’s dedicated to the charity and has been connected to The Pelham in different ways since it all began too.
Pili

Maria

Maria is our Cook and is Mother Hen for the family. She loves to keep the customers, community and team well fed with delicious meals. No-one goes hungry at The Pelham, and we have Maria to thank for that! She has a brilliant team alongside her that she encourages and trains and really looks out for them all.
Maria

Dave

Dave is our evergreen Youth Worker leading our youth team and after school club. He really believes in young people and is dedicated to seeing them be ambitious and successful. He brings real joy and laughter when he comes through the doors, often through a bad joke and a silly moment!
Dave

Liz

Liz is our housekeeper and for many, will be one of the most familiar faces at The Pelham when you walk through the doors. She has an amazing gift to make people feel welcome and at home. Many of our regulars will know CJ, Liz’s beloved dog, and he is The Pelham mascot and a very popular member of the team!
Liz

At The Pelham​

We are Welcoming, Relational, Generous, Authentic and Ambitious​

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Built to last

The Pelham Hotel was originally built in 1900 and opened in 1901, and comprised 8,000 sq. feet over three floors and a basement. It originally built across the road from Sidley Train Station and was a good family pub for many decades before becoming more a notorious pub in its latter years, before closing in 2009. The Pelham charity has owned the building since January 2012 and has been redeeming it ever since!

Room for all

Across the floors there is a large selection of rooms for a variety of activities and events to occur simultaneously. These include rooms for training, education, fitness classes, workshops, entrepreneurial development, youth work, creative space, catering and social functions. The next plans are to develop the basement for youth work as the next capital phase, and then to explore the establishment of a counselling service at The Pelham.

About Us

The Pelham is a local Christian charity that enriches lives in practical and diverse ways for our community in Sidley, Bexhill. This is through connection, encouragement and opportunities in an era of isolation and great challenge. The Pelham aims to benefit the community as a Charity, Community Hub & Coffee Lounge, though our charitable activities & projects, and effective partnership working.

A Short

History of The Pelham

The new chapter of life at The Pelham began when Sidley Baptist Church began dreaming of buying The Pelham Hotel to help transform the local community, through a welcoming space and practical help. As a church, over £400,000 was raised in donations to buy the freehold for the building in its entirety for under £250,000 back in 2012, originally under the banner of ‘Pelham Trust’. In August 2014 ‘The Pelham CIO’ was formed to launch the charity, and in January 2015 we opened the doors for the first time as a Community Hub & Coffee Lounge. Over the last 5 years we have completed 3 more phases of capital development and now have two floors fully refurbished for community use. We have plans for the basement and top floors, as well as expanding our charitable activities further afield.

Meet us

Support us

We value any support you can give us

Visit us

Find out the best way to get here.

At The Pelham​

We are Welcoming, Relational, Generous, Authentic and Ambitious​

Built to last

The Pelham Hotel was originally built in 1900 and opened in 1901, and comprised 8,000 sq. feet over three floors and a basement. It originally built across the road from Sidley Train Station and was a good family pub for many decades before becoming more a notorious pub in its latter years, before closing in 2009. The Pelham charity has owned the building since January 2012 and has been redeeming it ever since!

Room for all

Across the floors there is a large selection of rooms for a variety of activities and events to occur simultaneously. These include rooms for training, education, fitness classes, workshops, entrepreneurial development, youth work, creative space, catering and social functions. The next plans are to develop the basement for youth work as the next capital phase, and then to explore the establishment of a counselling service at The Pelham.

Our Trustees

The trustees of The Pelham are Mike Norcock (Chair), Anna Cole, Bob Harper, Colin Povey and Andy Garlick. They are committed to seeing the charity develop and all play an active role in the governance and oversight of The Pelham as registered charity (#1158364), as well as guiding the staff team and keeping the organisation sustainable and achieving its aims and objectives. For more charity details, please follow this link to the Charity Commission