Council launches Millwey Memories project in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 May 2018

Cllr Ian Hall. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Cllr Ian Hall. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Axminster residents are being invited to share memories of the Millwey Rise housing estate from the 1930s to the present.

East Devon Council’s Community Development Team and the Axminster Mobile Support Office is launching the intergenerational project on Friday (May 18) at the community centre, First Avenue.

The evening will feature a presentation by local author Dick Sturch and a free buffet meal.

It is the first of five monthly events that will be running throughout the summer, culminating in an exhibition at Axminster Heritage Centre on October 19.

It will look back to the time when the American military hospital was based at Millwey during the war, the building and demolition of the pub and 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, 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.”

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