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WATCHET COMMUNITY MAKERS UPDATE

A group known as the Watchet Community Makers has been carrying out valuable community builds in the town, as part of its ambition to share and increase skills, strengthen connections between people and enable community organisations to develop at low cost.

The group recently began work on Watchet’s Scout hut, creating a much-needed large-scale, built in storage solution on the request of Simon Bale, the Scout Leader. This will be a two-month-long project. Following the Scout hut, the Makers plan to repaint the Watchet Community Centre.

The group also recently finished building a series of large wooden benches for Knights Templar School, on request of the Head, Frances Burns. These are positioned around the playground to enable the children to enjoy quieter, restful times during breaks.

Watchet Community Makers meet twice weekly, on projects that are proposed by the local community. The group’s focus is on the built environment, covering areas such as construction, painting, plastering and carpentry.

The makers use monthly meetings to decide which projects to tackle, and in what order, with workshop sessions taking place on Thursdays (7-9pm) and Sundays (3-5pm) each week, in a community workspace at Harbour Studios on the East Quay.

Community Maker Sarah Ward said: “I have found the group very welcoming and easy going, and it’s been great to see how much can be achieved in a short space of time. I’m looking forward to all the new and exciting projects planned for the warmer months when we can work outside.”

The scheme was initiated by social enterprise regeneration company, Onion Collective CIC, thanks to money raised by Healthfull, as a result of extensive research carried out in the town, asking its inhabitants what they felt Watchet needed for a stronger future. During this process, the community expressed a desire to make sure skills and trades were not lost and would be able to be passed to other people. In Watchet there is a division of skills and experience with a wealth of knowledge begging to be passed on and shared. This project therefore aims to break down some of these divides with people learning from one another, working together, developing skills and relationships and supporting personal and community development.

If you are a community organisation and have a project you would like to suggest for the town, or if you would like to join the team of makers, please contact the Onion Collective on 01984 633496 / info@onioncollecive.co.uk.

Exmoor Magazine would love to hear from you if you have a similar initiative running in your town or village. We already know about Porlock’s fabulous Guerrilla Old Job Squad and we also think there might be a group called the South Molton Meddlers? Please get in touch and we can share your news too! Email: editor@exmoormagazine.co.uk

WATCHET COMMUNITY MAKERS: A CALL FOR PROJECTS

A group of volunteers, known as the Watchet Community Makers, are requesting that local community organisations get in touch to put forward projects for them to complete in the town.

The group meets twice weekly to work under the guidance of local tradesperson, Ian Wedlake, with projects being proposed by the local community. Their focus is on the built environment, covering areas such as construction, painting, plastering and carpentry.

So far Watchet Community Makers have helped to refurbish the Watchet Boat Museum, built benches for Splash Point, made a planter for a Christmas tree at the Visitor Centre, and are working on a series of bench planters and a playhouse for Knights Templar School.

Once projects are proposed, the group uses monthly meetings to decide which to tackle, and in what order. The workshop sessions take place twice weekly, on Thursdays (7-9pm) and Sundays (3-5pm), in a community workspace at Harbour Studios on the East Quay.

Community Maker, Jack Mitchell, said: “I’m really enjoying being part of this project. I like being able to see the results of our work in the town, and feeling part of the community. It’s also a bit of a laugh. We’re all very different people with a range of skills, so we’ve already learnt a lot from each other.”

The scheme was initiated by social enterprise regeneration company, Onion Collective CIC, thanks to money raised by Healthfull, as a result of extensive research carried out in the town, asking its inhabitants what they felt Watchet needed for a stronger future. During this process, the community expressed a desire to make sure skills and trades were not lost and would be able to be passed to other people. In Watchet there is a division of skills and experience, with a wealth of knowledge begging to be passed on and shared. This project therefore aims to break down some of these divides with people learning from one another, working together, developing skills and relationships and supporting personal and community development.

If you are a community organisation and have a project you would like to suggest for the town, or if you would like to join the team of makers, please contact Sally Lowndes: sally@onioncollective.co.uk  / 07832 137047.

PHOTO: Watchet Community Makers at a carpentry workshop, building benches for Splash Point

 

 

WATCHET COMMUNITY MAKERS CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS

Watchet Community Makers is calling for volunteers to attend the first session in its newly opened workshop on the East Quay on 20 November. The project brings together skilled and unskilled people to share knowledge and friendship, while working collaboratively on built projects in the town. Onion Collective is simultaneously calling for community groups and organisations in the town to bid for work to be carried out by the group.

The scheme was initiated by social enterprise regeneration company, Onion Collective CIC, in 2015, thanks to money raised by Healthfull. Volunteers for the group have already worked on major projects for the town, including rebuilding the platform inside the Watchet Boat Museum and the construction of benches and seats around Splash Point.

The new workshop sessions will take place twice weekly, on Thursdays (7-9pm) and Sundays (3-5pm) under the guidance of experienced local builder, Ian Wedlake, in a community workspace at Harbour Studios on the East Quay. The first project, which will launch on Sunday 20 November, will be to make the workshop fit for purpose creating a space that volunteers can make use of throughout the week for their own projects, with tools available, and for the group to talk through potential projects put forward by the community.

Watchet Community Makers was created as a result of extensive research carried out in the town, asking its inhabitants what they felt Watchet needed to flourish. Employment and tourist attractions were identified as key components and the community maker space will form one part of the East Quay Foundry Project, which is a proposal to build workspaces for ‘makers’ of all types, from light industrial, to fine art to craft and web-based. It is a place where visitors can come to see makers at work. It will include a café/restaurant with views out onto the marina and coast, and small bespoke self-catering accommodation pods for the adventurous traveller, and a larger gallery to house exhibitions of national importance. The scheme includes a ‘look-out tower’ for visitors to climb and see un-rivalled views of the West Somerset Coast, the Quantock Hills, and Exmoor National Park. The project aims to bring life and energy back onto the Watchet quayside, with music, entertainment and activities throughout the year. Crucially it also aims to bring jobs into Watchet through staffing needed to run the facility as well encouraging entrepreneurship by providing inexpensive workspaces for start-up enterprises to run side by side with the volunteer community makers.

For more information, to book a place on the workshops, or to suggest a project for the town, contact Sally Lowndes: sally@onioncollective.co.uk / 07832 137047.