The market town of Crediton, Devon is growing. How will the many community groups and initiatives that give Crediton its heart meet this challenge?
The Crediton Heart Project was set up by the Crediton Town Team in 2018, with the aim of keeping the heart in Crediton and preventing it becoming a dormitory town for Exeter.
The town and its surrounding villages already have a vibrant arts scene and many successful community groups which make the area such a great place to live. Prior to setting up the Crediton Heart Project, the Town Team had spent several years, talking to local groups and researching community facilities in other towns. In a report published in 2017 they concluded that Crediton needed more space for its many arts groups, community services and small businesses.
Following a consultation meeting with 28 community organisations in April 2019, the Crediton Heart team decided to focus on two major initiatives. Firstly, they plan to create a community website to promote existing venues and organisations. This could include room hire, event listings, places of interest, community information, news and things to do for locals, families and visitors alike. Planning and fundraising for this initiative is already underway.
Their second, longer- term aim, is to build a versatile, accessible multi-purpose venue which would complement existing spaces and work for the whole community. This venue could offer much-needed space and resources to the diverse groups within our town; to young people, children’s groups and the elderly. It could provide studio space for the creative arts and a shared workspace for local entrepreneurs. The building would support larger audiences for shows, musicals, film screenings and social occasions.
To achieve this the Town Team needs your help in shaping their plans. They need the views of as many members of community in and around Crediton as possible.
Please tell them what you think about this exciting project by completing the short questionnaire at this LINK.
To keep up to date with the development of the Heart Project, follow it on Facebook and Instagram/CreditonHeartProject.