Watchet Community Makers is calling for volunteers to attend the first session in its newly opened workshop on Sunday 20 November,
We are also calling for community groups and organisations in the town to bid for work to be carried out by the group.
The project brings together skilled and unskilled people to share knowledge and friendship, while working collaboratively on built projects in the town.
The scheme was initiated in 2015, thanks to money raised by the People’s Health Trust. Volunteers for the group have already worked on major projects for the town, including refurbishing the Watchet Boat Museum and the construction of the Splash Point pavilion.
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 20th 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.
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.
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 at East Quay in Watchet. It will be 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07832 137047.
Image: Watchet Community Makers volunteers build a bench for Splash Point