June opening announced for new Budleigh community workshop

A community workshop for Budleigh Salterton has set its sights on launching in June and needs a host of help to achieve its goal.

Celebrations were held in September 2020 when it was announced Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) won the sealed-bid sale of the town’s former fire station, raising £50,000 in 27 days to add to £150,000 in donations and pledges.

Now organisers are appealing for funds to help kit out workspaces, donations of tools and equipment, plus volunteers and other support.

The workshop team is inviting people along to find out more at an events day in Budleigh Salterton Public Hall on Friday, May 21, during the morning.

And demonstrations will be held in the workshop, in Station Road, Budleigh.


The old fire station has undergone renovation to turn it into a community space.
Photo: Graham Taylor.

Bill McDermott, BCWT chairman, said: “The Budleigh Community Workshop raised funds during the first lockdown to purchase the old fire station and now, during this latest lockdown, a team of volunteers and local suppliers have enabled the refurbishment to progress to a stage where the workshop will be open in June.

“We now need support to help raise funds to outfit the work spaces, where a wide variety of creative and practical activities will happen.

“We need volunteers to join our teams to deliver training, donations of tools and equipment for our creative spaces and support to keep this social enterprise going.”


As well as learning new skills, there is the chance to make friends over a cuppa.
Photo: Graham Taylor.

Budleigh Community Workshop Trust last year set in motion plans to turn the decommissioned fire station into a town asset for people to share and learn new skills, while making friends.

The aim of the project has been to create a space for practical and creative activities for the whole community.

The two-storey fire base permanently closed at the start of April 2020 as part of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s cost cutting consultation, Safer Together.

Budleigh Community Workshop Trust trustees inside the former fire station after being handed the keys.
Photo: BCWT.


The BCWT team has been transforming the town’s former fire station for the community.
Photo: BCWT.

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