Beehive’s early start-up loan repayment welcomed by Honiton Town Council

PUBLISHED: 08:47 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 09 February 2017

The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2249-34-14AW

The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2249-34-14AW

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Honiton mayor Caroline Kolek has welcomed the early repayment of a loan which helped get The Beehive started.

The news has also been greeted with delight by directors of the Honiton Community Complex, which has run The Beehive since its launch in 2014.

When the centre opened three years ago, Honiton Town Council loaned the charity £5,000 to help with start-up costs.

Now Honiton Community Complex has announced it has completed the process of paying back what it owed ahead of schedule.

Town mayor Caroline Kolek said she is delighted by the news and was also pleased with how successful the community centre has been.

She also thanked all the volunteers for their hard work in making The Beehive such a success.

The venue for ‘community and cultural’ events has seen more than 56,000 people use the centre and more than 70 organisations.

Last year it also won the East Devon District Council community award.

Barry Simmonds, chairman of The Beehive, said: “That The Beehive is able to repay the loan ahead of schedule is a terrific achievement and testament to its success which saw it exceeding its business plan goals in 2016.”

He also praised the ‘dedication and enthusiasm’ of the volunteers, staff, directors and advisory board.


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