Community makers making their mark

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THE Watchet Community Makers scheme is making a difference to the town, with the group beginning work to update another community building.

Having recently completed a large-scale storage solution for the scouts, learning and sharing joinery skills among themselves in the process, the makers are now painting the outside of the Watchet Community Centre.

Once the outside has been painted, the makers will move indoors, where they will fit a new kitchen for the centre.

Loretta Whetlor, Watchet Community Centre management committee chairman said: “The community centre was showing signs of disrepair, so to have the makers come and paint the building should be quite transformative. It will bring the building to life.

“It also feels appropriate that a community group are helping to maintain a community building along with a generous donation from Watchet Mothers’ Club towards the materials.”

Watchet Community Makers is a voluntary group, working on projects that are proposed by the community, under the guidance of local tradesman Ian Wedlake.

Its focus is on the built environment, covering areas such as construction, painting, plastering and carpentry.

Community Maker, Andy Westcott said: “Professional painting is a skill, so it’s great to get to do this job.

“We’re always learning and sharing what we know with one another, which is part of what I love about Makers. I also really like the feeling that we’re making a difference in the town.”

The group meets monthly to decide which projects to tackle and in what order, and twice weekly to work on them. The workshop sessions are on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm and Sundays 3pm to 5pm, either on site or in their community workspace at Harbour Studios on the East Quay.

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