Ockment Centre Refurbishment Complete

Back in February the Ockment Centre received the exciting news that it had successfully secured a grant for their Hall Refurbishment Projectfrom the Pennon Environmental Fund (through Viridor Credits Environmental Company).

The Centre has received £19,800 with some community fundraising to replace the old tin roof on the detached community centre Hall with insulated cladding and replace four windows and the double doors with double glazed units. The work got underway immediately and was completed by Jeffrey and Pengelly Building Contractors and Okehampton Glass by the beginning of May. The Ockment Team would like to thank both the contractors for the great job they did, and also WDBC Building Control for their assistance with this project.

ockment beforeWe are now pleased to announce that all the community activities and local family events taking place in the hall can enjoy a warmer and more comfortable space. The extra insulation and warmth means that the Hall will be suitable for a wider range of uses in the future. The Ockment Centre Trustees and Staff Team would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to the Pennon Environmental Fund and Viridor Credits for seeing the potential benefit it will have for our community and making it happen.

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during ockmentThis achievement reflects an enormous amount of help and support from local people, groups and organisations through writing letters of support and coming to our fundraising events. The Ockment Team would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us to get this funding and to all the regular Hall users who have been so flexible and supportive while the work was taking place.

The Hall is open again for business as usual while the Ockment Team are busy applying for further funding to replace the heating system and completely redecorate the hall, in order to finish the refurbishment and make it a really nice venue.              


The Ockment Centre provides low cost rooms, with the option of catering or refreshments, for community and educational activities and for meetings and social events. It also houses the local Citizen's Advice and RISE Recovery drug and alcohol services. The Work Club is on Friday's 10am-1pm and 1.30-4pm, helping people to find employment, and Friday Hub multi-agency information and advice drop in session open to everybody (Fridays 10am - 1pm). The reception area is full of information about local organisations and events and there is a relaxing community garden.

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To find out what's on offer in May at the centre or to book a room go to www.ockmentcentre.org or ring us on 01837 53276. If you have never been into the centre you are welcome to come in at any time just to see what goes on. Everyone is welcome.

A big thank you to the Ockment Centre, Okehampton for providing us with this goods news story. If their story has inspired you to apply to Viridor Credits for funding, use our postcode checker on our home page to see if you are in an area eligible for funding.