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Across to St David’s

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Across to St David’s
8th February 2019
Across to St David’s
An anonymous donation from a local resident in the Neighbourhood has enabled us to buy this great painting of the Neighbourhood - titled "Across to St David’s" by local artist Jane Cope. Can you pick out the community centre location on the painting, or perhaps the street where you live? We are also selling images of the painting as greeting cards to benefit the local community.
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Top Floor Development

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Top Floor Development
3rd January 2019
Top Floor Development
The photo to the left shows one of the large unused spaces on the top floor where we conducted building tests during the recent Heritage Lottery funded round 1 phase of the development. This phase has now been successfully completed and recent months have been spent submitting our round 2 application to the Heritage Fund and applications to other organisations as part of our fundraising programme.
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Press Release

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Centre Manager
20th November 2018
New Centre Manager
Lena, a scientist by profession, spent ten years in the pharmaceutical industry working in research and development, validation, systems implementation and running a small scale HPLC production plant. She then spent eighteen years working as an educationalist in FE/HE Colleges, where she held various management positions such as Senior Tutor and Head of Chemistry. Lena was also Chair of Governors at a local 4 to 16 years all-through school and a Director of Devon Association of Governors. More recently, her career has progressed to the third sector where she has gained experience as Operations Manager for a local Health and Wellbeing Charity, managing the operational day to day running of a Health and Wellbeing Centre, before joining the team at ECCT.

Press Release

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Heritage Project
4th July 2018
St David’s community kickstarts ambitious heritage project
An ambitious community project in St David’s has received a boost after securing support from the National Lottery Fund and funding from Exeter City Council. Exeter Community Centre Trust and the St David’s Neighbourhood Partnership are working together to bring the currently derelict top floor of the Community Centre, by the Iron Bridge on St David’s Hill, back into community use. The project is also inviting the local community to help plan how to celebrate the local area’s unique heritage, which has the much loved Centre at its heart.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded initial support* and development funding of £34,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will enable the project plans to be developed and an application for the full grant of £333,700 will be applied for at a later date.....
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Story Telling Bench

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Story-Telling Bench
18 April 2014
'THE STORY-TELLING BENCH' in the garden at Exeter Community Centre had a very special visitor on Good Friday when Michael Morpurgo, the former Children's Laureate, 'launched' the beautifully carved oak Story-Telling Bench by reading 'All I Said Was' to children and guests in The Mulberry Garden. And children from St David's Primary School 'Green Team', perched together on the bench, read their mystery story, written by Charlotte Lacy, about a girl who wakes up to find herself alone in the house, her parents gone, and behind the curtains no windows, just brick walls. What would happen next?
Congratulating the trustees and volunteers who, with funding from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and the Social Investment Business, have turned a huge dilapidated building into a well-appointed community hub, Michael Morpurgo said the garden was a delight.
Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare, have their charity's offices, 'Farms for City Children', in the Community Centre.
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Garden Project Grant

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The Garden
18th July 2012
Exeter Community Centre is one of the first 3 city organisations to be awarded a grant from Exeter City Council's New Homes Bonus scheme. The award of £50,000 is towards the £71,000 needed to completely recreate the garden at the rear of the Community Centre to provide a safe and secure green space with full disabled access, an outdoor Cafe patio, lighting for pathways, and artwork. Commenting on the awards, Hannah Reynolds (Chair of centre trustees) said: "We are absolutely delighted to have support for this vital element of the Exeter Community Centre refurbishment project. The whole garden is about 80,000 sq ft and it is a major challenge to change the steep levels to create good access to all parts of this important community space. We expect the earthworks to be completed by the end of the year and new planting to start in the early Spring. Careful work is being undertaken to reinvigorate our ancient Mulberry Tree which is a significant historic feature in the neighbourhood."
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Centre Now Open

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Now Open
1st June 2012
The Exeter Community Centre re-opens ! Following the completion of a major refurbishment, we are now taking bookings for sessional space. Be part of the centre's bright new future. Book now !
Rooms for hire - suitable for conferences, meetings, clubs, societies and children's birthday parties - large, medium or small - we have a variety of space to choose from. Most with disability and pram access.
We have long term office space for voluntary/community groups and social enterprises.
The Mulberry Tree Cafe will be providing coffee and light refreshments - whether you are using the centre or just want to stop by.