Axminster community invited to share memories of Millwey Rise from 1930s to present

Axminster residents are being invited by East Devon District Council’s Community Development team and the Axminster Mobile Support Office to share their memories of Millwey Rise from the 1930s to the present day, as part of a new intergenerational Millwey Memories project, which is being launched on Friday 18 May 2018, 5.30pm, at Millwey Community Centre, First Avenue, Axminster.

The Millwey Memories launch evening will feature a presentation by local author Dick Sturch and a free buffet meal will be available.

This is the first of five monthly events that will be running throughout the summer, culminating in an archive exhibition that will be donated to the Heritage Centre in Axminster on 19 October 2018.

East Devon’s Community Development team wants local people to get involved in a range of events that will look back in time to the American Hospital in the Second World War, the building and demolition of the pub, as well as forward to the development of the new estate.

A war time themed lunch is planned, as well as a theatre performance by a local company and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with the creation of a real piece of local history.

Commenting on the project, Cllr Ian Hall, East Devon’s ward member for Axminster Rural, said:

We know that many of our tenants have witnessed considerable change over the years in Millwey Rise.  We want to make a record of those recalled memories to act as a lasting legacy for the people of Axminster. I am happy to be involved with this project that is running over the summer and hope that many people both younger and older will participate.

Further details of the Millwey Memories events can be found on the SWITCH East Devon Facebook page or call Victoria Robinson on 07870 836752  or Lucinda Cliff on 01297 34042.