Following the first event at the new Resurgence Centre last week, an interesting talk on the North Devon biosphere by Andy Bell, I was invited to tour the new building.
Previously known as Hartland’s Small School, this historic space has been renovated to an extremely high standard while retaining its environmental credibility. Now, the Centre is re-establishing its identity in the village as something excitingly new, for environmental education and as a centre for the arts.
The work isn’t quite finished but this amazing space, which has been a huge amount of work, will soon be fully open. A great asset for the community, it will be available to hire and house events/workshops as befits its charitable ethos. It is hoped the centre will be a happening hub for Hartland.
The Resurgence Trust held a private event for supporters to mark the completion of renovations at the new Resurgence Centre (slightly prematurely) on 18th May.
Chef and food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who supported their Crowdfunder by making a short film about their work, was there as the guest of honour. The centre is impressive, with the historic buildings that housed the Small School transformed into a carbon neutral (or even negative) centre and space for education, art and music that will be enjoyed by people of all ages in the village and beyond. Resurgence will continue to run an education programme for young people to continue the legacy of the Small School.
The Resurgence Trustees and staff took the opportunity to thank Tony Grills and his team for transforming the former Small School buildings, as well as key funders including Torridge and North Devon Leader5, The Tedworth Trust, The Pickwell Foundation and all the individuals who have helped and supported this exciting project.
The Resurgence offices will be moving to the new premises in mid-June and will be appointing a Programme Manager and Education Officer who will work on the programme of events to be
launched in September 2019, in collaboration with the Beaford network for the arts, environment and heritage.
Watch this space for more info about the Centre and events soon.