Honiton Youth Centre News

Combe Estate is  proud to be involved with the re-opening of the Honiton Youth Centre.  Below is the article that was in this week’s edition of the the Midweek Herald.  Further news will follow once Richard has returned from Canada.

After a year’s hiatus, Honiton Youth Club is going to be opening its doors again from Tuesday, September 22. Sessions will run from 7pm to 9pm onTuesdays, for years nine and above, and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursdays, for years seven and eight.

There will be two full-time youth workers, Louis Lane and Alison Lawrence, who are both familiar faces from the youth club.

They will be working closely with volunteers to provide a fun, safe environment for all young people of secondary school age; a service that has been sorely missed over the past year.

The opening has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances with the building, for which the committee has apologised.

The club committee has applied for charitable status and has also secured very generous funding from East Devon District Council and the Parishes Together Fund, while support for the opening term is being provided by Young Devon.

Additional funding for new equipment has also been provided by The Battishorne Trust, which kindly donated the money to enable the club to buy a new dart board and pool table balls and cues with enough left over to recover the two pool tables and also to provide additional equipment after hearing suggestions from the young people.

A spokesman for Honiton Youth Club said: “It has been a mammoth task to get to this stage, and the committee would like to say a huge thank-you to all friends past and present who have helped over the last year, not  least our first chairman Dan Lavery, who helped to get things off the ground before handing on the baton to our current chairs.

“A special mention must also go to Alexandra Gibson, of East Devon District Council, for all her hard work; we have also enjoyed tremendous support from the local community and parish council.

“Of course, there is always room for more volunteers, either to sit on the committee, or to help out  with the sessions themselves at the youth club.  We are also looking for help with the overgrown garden to the rear of  the building, and are planning to have a garden clearing day in the very near future, to enable us to be able to offer a safe, outdoor space for everyone to enjoy.”

To offer your support, please email honitonyouthclub@yahoo.com.

Honiton Youth Club committee is looking forward to seeing many people on Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24, and will  also be awarding the £25 voucher prize for the logo competition that was  run over the summer holidays.