Alphington Community Theatre Rebuilding Project

by Alphington Community Association in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

Alphington Community Theatre Rebuilding Project
We did it
On 20th September 2019 we successfully raised £1,663 with 51 supporters in 37 days

Alphington's once thriving Theatre had to be demolished. Yvonne is swimming 10k of the River Dart to raise funds towards the rebuild.

by Alphington Community Association in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

All the money donated will go towards the rebuilding project.The walls are getting higher and it won't be long til the roof goes on.  Your money is helping us to build a future for the Alphington Community Theatre 

Theatre is dead!  Oh no it's not and the show must go on for Alphington's popular "Shed" theatre

Our provincial theatre was condemned, it's corrugated iron walls, dipping asbestos roof, damp, dodgy floors and more leaks than a sieve, could take it no more. But we will rebuild it and the new Community Theatre will raise like a Phoenix from the flames.  

We have raised £159,000 of the £220,000 needed  in only 12 months and have already started the rebuild.  The theatre will be used by the young and not so young, drama groups, children's groups, a space for performance and talks, comedy, shows, music, all in a multi-functional space in Alphington.  

Yvonne's 10k Sponsored River Swim 

Councillor Yvonne Atkinson is swimming to raise money for the new Community Theatre Alphington.  No cosy indoor swimming pools for Yvonne, she is taking part in the River Dart 10K swim on 14th September together with her son Shyamenda.

“It’s  been on my  bucket list of challenges and the Shed has given me the motivation to do it.

I am in training  3 or  times a week at Pyramids or in open water when I can get to the sea.  I have a coach to plan my training sessions Wai Ming Loh from Exeter Tri Club. I have been in training since April.  I am now swimming 4km every training session that’s 160 lengths and it takes me 1.5 hours – so I still have some way to go over the next month. The plan is to finish the swim in  3.5 hours. I will have to do it in a wetsuit as the river will be cold even at this time of the year. I am so pleased that Shyamenda is joining me so we can keep each other going though he is going to be much faster than me

We will be swimming from Totnes down to Dittisham. There will be 2 pit stops in the river where we can stop and get some calories to keep us going. It would be wonderful if the good people of Alphington could sponsor me to raise money for this excellent cause. ”

To keep up with her  training programme go to

All About Alphington And Why We Need A Theatre

Once a Village, Alphington is now a suburb of the city of Exeter but still retains it village charm.  

With approximately 1900 houses this is about to change.  Plans for 500 homes in Alphington and a further 2000 built right up its border with Teignbridge will drastically change the nature of the village.

The residents work hard to deliver a Village Hall, Community Centre, Art Block, Sports Club, Scouts Hut, British Legion and St Michael's Church.  All of whom provide a diverse range of activities.  

The new houses will not have much in the way of community infrastructure which Alphington will provide.

With the increase in demand for the performing arts, it is even more vital to rebuild the theatre as it will become another valued facility in the village. 

We hope to provide plays, music events, drama clubs, youth theatre and music workshops, to name but a few.

By donating to the project you will be spurring Yvonne on to  swim those cold 10k of the icy Dart and ensure that Alphington's Theatre can perform once more.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Tea, toast & a bit of cake

Tea or coffee, toast or crumpets, plus a slice of homemade cake at the Friday morning Community Café at Alphington Village Hall.

£20 or more

A ((Bounce)) trampoline session

A ((Bounce)) trampoline class at Alphington Community Centre. Fun music and lights - what a great way to keep fit. Valid for 1 person and must be used within 12 months

£25 or more

2 Tickets to Film Night

Two tickets for a film night at the Village Hall Valid at any film night and must be used within 24 months

£30 or more

Pottery Class for one - tuition included

Pottery Class for one - tuition included at Alphington Community Centre Date and time to be arranged with tutor. Valid for 12 months

£30 or more

One hour hire of Village Hall or Community Centre

One hour hire of the Village Hall or Community Centre. Valid for 24 months

£50 or more

2 hour hire Village Hall or Community Centre

Two hour hire of the Village Hall or Community Centre. Valid for 24 months

£100 or more

An indoor bowls session for you & your friends

A private indoor bowls session for you and your friends or colleagues at Alphington Village Hall. Use within 12 months.

£100 or more

Pottery class for 4 - tuition included

Pottery Class for up to 4 people - tuition included at Alphington Community Centre Date and time to be arranged with tutor. Valid for 12 months

£250 or more

A Lindy Hop for you and your friends

Experience a taste of the 1940's with a private Lindy Hop class for you and your friends. A great way to spend an evening at the Village hall. Date and times subject to availability. Valid for 12 months.

£250 or more

Private group Ballroom or Latin Dance Class

Bring out your inner Strictly with a Ballroom or Latin group class for you and 9 friends at the Village Hall. Afternoon or evening class - Use within 12 months

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