Two day workshops being held on Friday August 17 and Saturday August 18

A theatre group will be holding workshops in Axminster this week (Aug 17 and 18) as part of a project to help residents share their memories of Millwey Rise from 1930s to present day.

Over the summer, East Devon District Council’s Community Development Team, has been running a series of events in Millwey Rise called “Millwey Memories”. The team has been recording photographs, maps and memories from the original residents of the old WW11 American Hospital, known as The Camp.

As part of this project, theatre group Burn the Curtain is running a two-day workshop with local residents and will be making a 3D map and models of the estate, recreating key events and filming them. 

The workshop is a drop in event on Friday August 17 and Saturday August 18 and will be held from 10am to 4pm. Friday’s workshop will be held at Millwey Community Centre, First Ave, Axminster and Saturday’s workshops will be at Axminster Heritage Centre.  There will be a buffet lunch provided on both days.

Cllr Ian Hall, who represents the Axminster Rural ward for the district council, said:

Community support and participation has always been a big part of the rich character of Millwey Rise. Many wonderful memories have been generated by this great project that is going to be a treasured archive of past generations for the community of the future.

Cllr Douglas Hull, who represents Axminster Town ward for the district council, said:

I am fully supportive of this local project as we want to make a record of Axminster residents’ memories to act as a lasting legacy for future generations.

Further details of the Millwey Memories events can be found on Facebook or contact Victoria Robinson on 07870 836752 or Lucinda Cliff on 01297 34042.