Recently signed up BHBPA member Downlands School has been crowdfunding to create HOPS, Hassocks Outdoor Performance Space, which you can see developing in the picture. Looks like a fantastic idea, and they are close to getting the funds, as you will see if you click on the link.
Planning permission was granted on 5 February 2019.
Downlands Community School would like to develop an open-air theatre on the school site called HOPS (Hassocks Outdoor Performance Space). The school currently has no such facility apart from the school assembly hall. The facility would be used during the school day for music, drama, & dance lessons & after school by music, arts, drama clubs. We hold a week long literary festival each summer for students, parents & the community & the recitals and activities relating to this would take place in the open-air theatre. Students would use the space at break & lunchtimes for relaxation, eating & listening to recitals. The space would enable the school to extend it’s offer of evening performances to parents & the community. There is nothing like this in the local area that provides the opportunity to enjoy the creative arts in the open air.