Community invited for sneak preview of Passmore Edwards Centre

books being unpacked

Posted on: 19 June 2012

Residents in Newton Abbot are being invited for a sneak peek behind the scenes at Devon County Council’s new Passmore Edwards Centre before it opens next week.

A special community preview afternoon will take place on Saturday 23 June from 2 – 5pm to give residents the opportunity to have a first look at what the newly revamped landmark building will offer before it opens for business at 9.30am on Monday 25 June.

Along with free refreshments from the new café, visitors will be able to join the library and meet M@x the library mascot, find out about adult learning courses and see the new IT suite as well as take a tour of the building and discover all the new facilities that are available.

There will also be the chance to win a food hamper crammed with Devon delights by filling in comment cards to enter the free prize draw.

During the first fortnight of opening a range of events will showcase what the Passmore Edwards Centre has to offer those young and old and with varying interests and needs. They include a pyjama party film night for teenagers, family history workshops, beginners French, German, Italian and Spanish classes and lots of drawing and craft skills sessions as well as IT tuition for those wanting to learn how to use Facebook and Ebay or Photoshop, drop-in  Maths help and even a special Baby Bounce and Rhyme session and fancy dress storytime for children.

The programme of events, which culminates on Wednesday 18 July with an official opening ceremony conducted by Devon County Council Chairman Jerry Brook, has been put together with help and ideas from the local community. Local people have also volunteered to help run some events and show people around the new multi-service facilities that include a modern 21st century library, adult and community learning, and services that are supporting people with learning disabilities as well as an IT suite, WIFI technology, café and meeting rooms available for local groups to use.

Cllr Roger CroadCouncillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“It is important that we provide residents with better facilities to meet their changing needs, particularly in rapidly growing communities such as Newton Abbot. Through this ambitious project we have not only ensured the local community have better access to information, learning and culture for the future but also reinvigorated a landmark building with much historical significance in the heart of the town.

“By combining a range of services and activities under one roof we have developed a new generation of community facility that residents and visitors of all ages will make excellent use of for many years to come. 

“The local community have been instrumental in every stage of the planning and design of this ambitious redevelopment, from influencing the interior design of the building to helping us choose new books to put on the shelves and I am delighted that together we have created a truly first class facility that Newton Abbot can be proud of.

“I hope that everyone comes along to the preview afternoon to have a first look the amazing transformation that has taken place, and that residents also take the time over the following couple of weeks to enjoy making full use of the new facilities and experience some of the thing that the Passmore Edwards Centre has to offer. Keep your eye out for the exciting free programme of events we have planned as there really is something for everyone.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, Devon County Council Local Member for Newton Abbot South, said:

“This is a great opportunity for local residents to have a first look at this excellent new facility for Newton Abbot and District.

“While it has been a long time in the coming, it will prove I am sure a wait worth having.

“If the offer of free refreshments doesn’t attract you, perhaps meeting M@x will!

“I would urge all those with even the remotest interest in the library  and other facilities on offer to, ‘come on down’!”

For more information and a full programme of opening events please visit

Passmore Edwards community preview invite

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