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HONITON: Beehive opening: ‘A momentous day for Honiton’
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Honiton’s new community complex, the Beehive, was officially opened last week after more than 20 years of plans and preparation, writes JACK?DIXON.
The ribbon was cut on Wednesday (March 12th) by the Mayor of Honiton, Councillor David Foster, and Beehive company director Councillor Vivienne Ash, who was recognised for her dedication to the project over many years.
Civic dignitaries and invited guests were then given a tour of the complex, which includes a 300-capacity hall, a cafe and dining area, and improved facilities for town council staff.
Councillor Foster said: “This is a momentous day for Honiton. The project has been the town council’s biggest to date and like any major project it has encountered problems and controversies along the way.
“But thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the many supporters and partners, including Devon County Council and East Devon District Council, this fantastic new facility is finally being made available to the people of Honiton and the surrounding area.”
Councillor Foster also took time to thank the directors of the Beehive Company for their efforts managing the facility on a day to day basis, and the Friends of the Beehive charity, which has organised a number of events to raise funds to fit out the new building.
He added: “I would also like to thank the community – the Beehive is their centre, we built it for them. And there is no doubt in my mind they are going to treasure it for many, many years to come.”
Councillor Vernon Whitlock, another of the Beehive’s longest serving supporters, helped pupils from Littletown Primary School plant a tree outside the centre to mark the Beehive being passed on from one generation to the next.
Councillor Whitlock said: “This is a day many felt would never come. We have been handed the keys to a fantastic building – it was needed 30 years ago when the project started and even more now.
“The Beehive is a resource for all of our community and an investment for future generations.
“We will be opening for business in April with a series of opening events and a Community Fair on April 5th.”
The first events at the Beehive begin early next month, with a concert featuring pianist Andreas Boyde, to celebrate the centre’s opening on Thursday, April 3rd.
This will be followed by the Community Fair and three evening performances of rock oratorio ‘Christ Crucified’ from April 12th to 14th.
For full details of the Beehive’s opening events visit www.beehive honiton.co.uk/beehive-events
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