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The new community and performance centre planned for Burgess Hill has now reached a point where the Town Council is looking for a suitable name.  The £5.5 million project which will see the old Royal British Legion building in Cyprus Road demolished and replaced by a brand new flexible community centre incorporating a 230 seater performance space as well as meeting, exhibition and rehearsal rooms. 
A competition was launched inviting schools in the Burgess Hill catchment area to submit suitable names for the centre.  Residents were also invited to submit a name.  The Town Council would now like to give you the opportunity to choose your preferred name from the shortlist of 5 entries: 

Historically the name given to the tall conical shaped kilns which were on all of Burgess Hill's brickmaking sites.  There is also a second historical connection with the early filmmaker Charles Bee-Mason who lived in Burgess Hill and produced two famous short films about bees, which are in the British Film Institute.  He even changed his name to incorporate the word 'bee' in it.
A mythical creature that was locally produced in terra-cotta.  Also a feature of on the shield of Alfred the Great whose hunting land is known to have extended throughout the Ditchling area and its surrounding countryside.
Historically and within living memory, this epitomises the past economy of Burgess Hill and in many respects the town's original reason to be.
The name of the watercourse that runs from Burgess Hill to the River Adur.
Although this is a utilitarian name it does have the simple benefit of 'doing what it says on the tin' and clearly relates to the town. 

People can vote online at or at the Town Council Help Point, 96 Church Walk.  Details of the new centre including the ‘name our new centre’ voting can be found on  Closing date to submit your preference is Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 5pm. 

The words 'The' and 'Centre' or some similar description may be added to your chosen name at a later stage.  The use of any chosen name would be subject to the Town Council’s ability to register and copyright that name.