Cullompton Community Centre is a dynamic modern venue right at the heart of the Cullompton community.
We welcome everyone and the Centre can be hired as a venue for business conferences, community events, parties, markets and food events, sports and dance workshops, or a wedding reception with full catering facilities.
The location is just a few minutes from the M5 and only 13 miles from the city of Exeter.
Cullompton Venue (also known as Cullompton Community Centre) was built on the site of the former St. Andrew’s Church Hall: the project was conceived, managed and part-funded by the Church as a gift to the local community. This spectacular £1.7m, 9,250-square feet building boasts the best of contemporary architecture, with a sweeping curved roof, glass walls and an abundance of natural light.
Here’s the building taking shape:
Iain Duncan Smith officially opened the Centre during a whistlestop tour on May 4th 2012. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and founder of the Centre for Social Justice was very impressed with the building and the team of volunteers who spent five years making this project come to fruition. He said: “This Centre is very much what we mean by the Big Society…people coming together through their family, community, through churches, to decide what to improve and to be involved with it and to work with the State in this. Congratulations to everybody who raised the money, for the leadership, to the architects for the intriguing design and to the builders for not building a straight line in the place!”
He said his parents lived nearby and he understood the difficulties of rural communities. Mr Duncan Smith said he would be taking the story of the Cullompton Community Centre to other communities.
We were featured on the BBC’s Spotlight news when we first opened our doors last December, with a very positive report and film, including a great bird’s eye shot of the Centre from the church tower.
We are deeply grateful for the donations we received for the project from parishioners at St. Andrew’s Church, as well was grants from Devon County Council, and Uffculme Environmental Fund. We have also been awarded more than £700,000 from SWRDA (South West of England Regional Development Agency, with DEFRA as the Managing Authority).