Exeter Community Centre Trust – Our Big Project Is Getting Even Bigger!
Residents of St David’s in Exeter are celebrating a successful £ 1 million fundraising effort. Exeter Community Centre Trust and residents and groups in St David’s Exeter have raised £993,000 to celebrate the heritage of Exeter Community Centre and to enable more community groups to meet there. Hannah Reynolds, Chair of Exeter Community Centre Trust said:
“We are delighted! This is the culmination of two years of hard planning and fundraising work in St David’s – a massive volunteer effort. The Centre has been bursting at the seams with the amount of community activity taking place here. Now we can open up the top floor of the building and enable more meetings and projects to take place. We have called it Our Big Project and it is a real labour of love to provide more opportunities for local people to be involved in our community.“
Exeter Community Centre Trust was formed by local people in 2010 to save the large grade 2 listed former residential school for the blind on St David’s Hill from being sold for private development. Now the building is home to many charities as well as providing meeting spaces, a pottery and cafe facilities to community groups and public agencies from across the city and beyond. Hannah continued:
“We are fortunate that major funders like National Lottery, Heritage Fund, Power to Change, Co-op Foundation, Exeter City Council and Viridor have agreed with us that this building and the surrounding St David’s neighbourhood have an important heritage and stories which demand to be told. Whilst the builders are creating more space in the top floor of the building, we would like local people to join us to gather local histories and stories which will be exhibited in the centre building and the St David’s neighbourhood. We will soon start a series of talks and workshops on the history of the area to encourage people to lend their memories as well as their old photos and artefacts to reflect our heritage in St David’s.”
Vicky Allott of National Lottery Heritage Fund said,
“This is just the kind of project that the Heritage Fund wants to support. We fund projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the U.K. We wish Exeter Community Centre Trust every success.”
For more information and to get involved in ‘Our Big Project’ activities contact Kevin Winser, Our Big Project Activity Officer at Exeter Community Centre 01392 420549.