Gold success for Honiton’s THG at 2016 awards bash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 November 2016

(L-R) THG curator Angela Blackwell, East Devon District Council’s culture champion Cllr John O’Leary,THG volunteer  Rachael Chave and THG marketing and fundraising officer Fiona Page-Turner.

(L-R) THG curator Angela Blackwell, East Devon District Council’s culture champion Cllr John O’Leary,THG volunteer Rachael Chave and THG marketing and fundraising officer Fiona Page-Turner.

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Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has scooped a gold award at the prestigious 2016 Devon Tourism Awards.

The awards ceremony was held in the University of Exeter’s Great Hall and hosted by former BBC broadcaster Judi Spiers and a special guest, Olympian Jo Pavey.

THG was up against stiff competition from two other finalists from the county to win the award for ‘Access and Inclusivity’ - the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and Stover Country Park Local Nature Reserve in Newton Abbot.

Angela Blackwell, THG’s manager and curator, said: “We are thrilled to win gold.

“It is fantastic that all the hard work put in by the staff and our wonderful team of volunteers has been recognized through this award.

“We always strive to meet the varied access needs of our visitors, constantly improving physical access and expanding our programme of community exhibitions, accessible workshops and activities.

“This year has been a spectacular one for THG, from the launch of our new accessible, community garden, to celebrating our best-attended event ever when over 600 visitors came to our Hallowe’en Party for Museums At Night.

“This award is the icing on the cake.”

Rhys Roberts, chair of the newly-formed Visit Devon community interest company, congratulated the finalists.

He added: “I am full of admiration for this year’s finalists, leading lights in Devon’s tourism industry, who continue to enhance the visitor experience on offer across this wonderful county.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker added: “This year’s winners exemplify so much of what is great about Devon - innovation, outstanding service and superb experiences. Many congratulations to everyone involved.”

THG is currently holding its annual Present Makers exhibition, selling a range of contemporary craft from across the South West.

The exhibition runs until Christmas Eve.

For more information, call the gallery on 01404 45006.

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