Strong response to volunteer appeal at Exmouth’s Rolle site

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 August 2016

The entrance to the Owen Building. Ref exe 10-16SH 6921. Picture: Simon Horn

The entrance to the Owen Building. Ref exe 10-16SH 6921. Picture: Simon Horn


Exmouth residents turned out in force to help those working to save the Rolle College site for the town.

Community benefit society Rolle Exmouth Ltd (REL) has been working to revive the site, focusing on the Owen Building as a centre for vocational education, businesses and community facilities.

REL has a licence to use from Plymouth University to use the Owen Building.

REL can only open the building regularly if people are willing to do admin work, manage bookings, carry out maintenance and help promote the project.

It says a public appeal for people to attend a volunteer open day produced several offers of help.

REL chairman Deborah Hallett said: “I’m delighted the people of Exmouth have once again shown they are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in to helping this exciting project move forward.

“We really appreciate the commitment from our volunteers and will make sure their willingness to support us is put to best use.”

The success of the appeal comes as the first commercial tenants of the building get into their stride.

The Hub – a ground floor space at the Owen Building – has been occupied by digital companies Immersity and NetGorilla.

Immersity founder and CEO Jim Hill said: “Our vision is to expand The Hub and create more job opportunities through networking amongst ourselves, our contacts and with places of education. It’s a really exciting prospect and it’s great to see it all taking shape.”

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