Celebrating 10 years of the Amory Centre in South Molton

Posted on: 5 November 2018

Celebrations have been held in South Molton on 1 November, to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Amory Centre.

The building on East Street was converted into a ‘one stop shop’ in 2008 for local people to get advice and information on the services offered by North Devon Council and South Molton Town Council as well as housing a brand new Devon County Council library. The £1m project was funded by all three councils in an innovative partnership.

As the town has grown, the town council has encouraged local groups and national agencies like the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to use the building too. The library hosts regular events and community based projects which has encouraged use of the centre.

The occasion has been marked with a cake cutting by three original members of staff who are all still working at the centre 10 years on.

As well as the cake cutting, a cake sale was being held in aid of the CAB and a Hidden Histories talk and presentation was being given by Beaford Arts focusing on South Molton and the surrounding area. A memories book has also been placed in the library where people are encouraged to share their memories of the library, past and present.

South Molton Mayor Councillor Christine Lock says: “The purpose of the building is to provide inclusive and accessible facilities, help and advice at the heart of the community through the many organisations and groups who use the building. Congratulations to all those who work hard for our town and make this a helpful community via the Amory Centre!”

Local ward member Councillor David Worden says: “This is such an important facility for the town, providing a vital hub for local people. It’s wonderful to be celebrating its first 10 years and I hope there will be many more to come.”

Local ward member Councillor John Moore says: “I am proud that the partnership between the three councils has resulted in such a successful community resource which provides vital services and is regularly used by residents of South Molton and the surrounding villages.”

A poetry competition has been launched for people to write a limerick or short poem about South Molton. There are prizes up for grabs in two categories: adults (16 years and over) and children (5-15 years). Entry forms are available from Amory Centre reception or South Molton Library. The closing date is 8 November 2018.

Photo: the Amory Centre 10th birthday cake being cut by (l to r) Susan Andrews (NDC), Pauline Miller (SMTC) and Lorraine Nicholls (Library) who have all worked at the Amory Centre since the day it opened. Behind (l to r) Local NDC ward member David Worden, Deputy Mayor of South Molton, Jean Foster and Sue Sewell who drove the project forwards at the beginning when serving on the district council.

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