New Passmore Edwards Centre will look ‘bloomin’ marvellous!’

Posted on: 31 May 2012

Green fingered members of Devon County Council’s services for people with learning will be bringing a little colour to the new Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot this week.

The group, who will relocate from the Kingsteignton Community Resource Centre to the Passmore Edwards Centre when it opens, have teamed up with B&Q, to plant up pots in the Centre’s small courtyard garden.

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

“It’s a real hive of activity at the Passmore Edwards Centre at the moment, and we are busy making the finishing touches ready for when we open the doors for business on 25 June.

“It’s excellent news that those who use our Learning Disabilities Services are helping with the preparations, as the Centre will be their new base in the town. I am pleased that they will be planting and maintaining the courtyard garden area for everyone to enjoy.”

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

“The news that people with learning disabilities are being encouraged to help with the maintenance of the flower beds at the Passmore Edwards Centre gets a big thumbs up from me.

“It is absolutely right that this fabulous new facility, which I am certain will be well received by Newtonians, should at least in part be maintained by those who are using it. I hope that all such groups will have some hands on role in looking after what they are using, and that of course could mean all of us!”

passmore potsCouncillor Anne Fry, Devon County Council local member for Newton Abbot North, said:

“I am delighted that that the regenerated Passmore Edwards Centre will be made even more attractive by the planting of pots in the courtyard garden by members of the County Council’s learning disabilities service who will be some of the new users of the building.

“Thanks must go to them for their work and to B&Q for their support  for the project which next year could be part of the town’s entry in the Britain in Bloom competition.”

Verity Voisey, HR Coordinator for B&Q’s Newton Abbot store, said: “B&Q – The Helpful Home Improvement Company is proud to support this local project, its great to actually get involved and put something back into the community”

The landmark building has undergone extensive multimillion pound redevelopment works to turn it into a new multi-service facility that, as well as becoming the new home for the Council’s ‘Fulfilling Lives’ service, will house a modern 21st century library, adult and community learning facility, an IT suite, WIFI technology as well as a café and meeting rooms available for local groups to use.

A programme of special events to showcase what the Centre has to offer is  being drawn up following a well attended community meeting where residents put forward their ideas. Details of the events, which will run during the first three weeks of opening, will be announced soon.

The temporary library at Teign House will close at 5pm on Friday 8 June to allow the transfer of books and other resources to take place.

The Railway Studies collection is now closed, and is being packed ready to move to the Passmore Edwards Centre.

Extra items can be borrowed to see people through the closure period, and members can also visit any one of Devon’s fifty libraries, the neighbouring ones being at Kingsteignton, Kingskerswell, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Full details are available online at

Adult and Community Learning courses currently underway at Teign House will continue to be held there until the end of July so as not to disrupt the academic year. This is with the exception of ICT courses, will run at the Passmore Edwards Centre from Monday 25 June as the computers will have been transferred to the new IT suite.

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