Local MP, Neil Parish, has written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on behalf of Honiton Community Complex (HCC), a community-led charity which runs The Beehive in Honiton.
He has asked the Government for further support funding through the emergency package for cultural and heritage organisations; as puts it ‘for an organisation in critical need of financial assistance’.
In the letter Neil describes the centre as a “state-of-the-art local arts and community centre placed in the heart of Honiton” offering “a wide range of performing arts events; from theatre, live music concerts, comedy shows, dance recitals and film screenings” along with hosting “art exhibitions and workshops featuring creative works from across the South West” - all facilitated by “HCC’s small team of full-time administration staff and over 80 community volunteers."
Neil goes on to say: “As well as creative arts events, the work of HCC within The Beehive provides a prime environment for many local organisations to carry out their vital community work.
“Indeed, the Community Church, Honiton Theatre Co, Fine Arts Society, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance and Honiton Hospital & Community League of Friends (among others) all utilise this important community resource.”
He explains that “in order to meet the ever-changing challenges present post-lockdown, it is vital HCC accesses further funding through the emergency rescue package for cultural heritage organisations.”
Chair of Honiton Community Complex, Serena Sexton told Honiton Nub News: “We are delighted that Neil Parish, as our local MP, is showing an interest in The Beehive.
“We welcome his involvement in finding ways to secure the future of this community asset, which provides a valuable service for the people of Honiton.”