Princetown Village Centre was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on the 11th September 2009. It served as a single delivery point for a range of social, sporting and business support activities, as well as a wide variety of health and welfare services and facilities.
The building took almost ten years of planning, surveys, and a market study to establish the potential commercial uses of the new centre. Particular attention during the planning stage was paid to the size and design of the building to enable more than one activity to take place at any one time.
Funding was granted by some big names, Sport England, the Big Lottery Fund, Devon County Council and Biffa to name a few, to cover the cost of the build. The management of the building was carried out by the High Moorland Community Action Limited company.
The building was renamed Princetown Community Centre. Our registered charity, of the same name, took over the lease agreement with the Duchy of Cornwall on 1st October 2013. This included the running of the building on a day-to-day basis, which had started a few years before on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall after the HMCA Ltd business ceased trading.
Starting afresh with a more community minded approach, and with support from local groups, our charity started to repair and build the business with the assets and funds available. A local marketing study was completed to invite views from the village residents to determine our way forward.
The bar area was refurbished with the assistance of HMP Dartmoor, whose prisoners completing an NVQ qualification built a bespoke wooden bar, fitted out by Dartmoor Brewery. New energy efficient lighting has been installed through the building, and a weather webcam has now gone live! Local trades and businesses are used as far as possible to keep our area thriving.
Our registered charity committee is made up entirely of volunteers from the area. Acting as trustees, we ensure the local community has access to essential services such as medical appointments and early years learning.
We are not funded by any organisations and rely on our ability to hire out most parts of the building to cover our service costs. The committee are always on the look out for volunteers and trustees, so if you are interested please contact us.