The Beehive in Honiton is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an open day to showcase to the community what the venue has to offer.
The Beehive officially opened in April 2014 and since then has welcomed over 59,000 people each year into the building. It has attracted various different hirers, over 80 community organisations and special interest groups who regularly use the venue as well as offering a very diverse range of events for the public. The Beehive has been honoured with two prestigious awards; ‘Best Venue’ at The 373 Business Awards and a ‘Community Centre of the Year’ Award in the Devon Community Honours.
Honiton Community Complex Charity, the team running The Beehive which includes over 80 volunteers and staff, aims to create a vibrant and stimulating centre that engages, challenges, entertains, supports, educates and encompasses the whole community.
The Chair of the board of trustees Barry Simmonds said that the open day on Saturday 15th June, is being staged “as a thank-you for all who support us, whether it be attending classes, rehearsals, conferences and events, or as a class tutor.”
He added: “This is an opportunity for all involved to showcase their classes, organisations or charities, and for interested members of the community to visit and see what the Beehive has to offer. It will be an informative and very entertaining affair”
In the last five years, the Beehive has developed into a focal point for the community, with an amazing team of volunteers who help to provide a welcoming, safe space for people who seek the company of others in a shared activity or event. The centre unites people who make up the diverse nature of the local community to have fun, share experiences and support others.
All age groups are catered for, with Creation Station for toddlers and parents every Monday morning, the monthly Joined Up Thinking Project rehearsals with accomplished young strings players from throughout the South West, Honiton Band youth & senior’s rehearsals each Wednesday evening, Western Spirit Line dancing on Wednesdays, Honiton Community Theatre Company rehearse every Thursday evening and there are many dance classes throughout the week with East Devon Dance Academy.
Theatre Kidz has sessions every Saturday and there are monthly Dementia Friendly Cinema screenings and free open mic Folk & Acoustic sessions in the bar which welcome everyone. The Arts Society Honiton and University of the Third Age (U3A) having very interesting and informative lectures each month and are open to anyone as well as their members. Every Sunday the Community Church gather at The Beehive which is also the home of Honiton Town Council who have their offices and meeting room upstairs.
There will be an opportunity to see showcases and receive information about these organisations and many others on the open day, Saturday 15th June from 10am- 1pm. There will be live music in the bar, a complimentary tea or coffee and cake, plus a special anniversary gift, subject to availability!
Showcase Performances in the Auditorium:
10am – Theatre Kidz (Minis)
10.30am East Devon Dance Academy
11.15 Honiton Band
12pm Honiton Community Theatre Co.
12.30pm Theatre Kidz