Budleigh Community Workshop launches a host of creative courses to learn new skills

Jewellery making, adult literacy, carpentry, knitting and creative writing are among a host of courses now on offer at the Budleigh Community Workshop.

The community project was made possible thanks to the town rallying round to buy the former fire station in the autumn of 2020, when it was sold off by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service as part of its cost cutting consultation.

The Station Road workshop was recently refurbished thanks to a host of help, and the names of those involved have been added to a roll of honour at the site.

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The heritage board roll of honour.
All photos: Budleigh Community Workshop Trust.

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The community workshop volunteers.
BudleighA course offering an introduction into woodturning. Photo: Budleigh Community Workshop Trust.

Bill McDermott, chairman of the workshop trust, said: “The Budleigh Community Workshop has now completed the refurbishment of the old fire station and is offering activity opportunities.”

He added: “The heritage board is a fantastic testament to the generosity of our community and records donors, suppliers and volunteers who have enabled the purchase and creation of this unique community asset.

“There are more than 325 names on the board and in addition we have also received many anonymous contributions to make this happen.

“We have also received donations of tools and equipment to help get started with our courses from basic carpentry to knitting for beginners, to tool sharpening and woodturning.”

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All photos: Budleigh Community Workshop Trust.

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You can learn basic carpentry at Budleigh community workshop.
Photo: Budleigh Community Workshop Trust.

A full list of courses can be found on the Budleigh Community Workshop website, here.

To enrol, visit call in at the community workshop, from 9am until noon, Monday-Friday.

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.

Celebrations were held in September 2020 when it was announced Budleigh Community Workshop Trust 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.

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