Save Our Scrapstore

by Exeter Scrapstore in Devon, United Kingdom

£5,265

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £551.75
£8,000 stretch target 15 days left
105% 84 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 6th November 2021 at 9:00am

Our beloved Hut urgently needs a new roof and we need to Crowdfund some of the money for the repair... before it's too late!

by Exeter Scrapstore in Devon, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Positive support from the community would mean so much to us. 

By stretching our target further we will have more options for adding insulation and for how we can get the job done.  We would also be able to spruce up the outside and inside of the building with a lick of paint !


Scroll down the page to view our REWARDS images...

Welcome to our Crowdfunder page

We urgently need to replace the roof of Exeter Scrapstore, which is a well loved heritage building and is home to our two charities, the Scrapstore and MGR Toy Library.

Please help us to exceed our goal of £5000 by donating to our cause and picking up a reward today.  Your contribution will significantly boost the investment we need and will show just how much of a treasured resource we are in Exeter and beyond!  

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The cost for our roof fix has risen post-pandemic to £22,000 + VAT, a large amount of money for us to find... so we need your help today.  If we are successful it is possible that we may be able gain match funding, taking us closer to our aim more quickly...

The Scrapstore

Charity Number: 1143182

Exeter Scrapstore is a project that collects factory/ business off-cuts and surplus materials and makes it available for community re-use in education, play and creative activities. Less waste goes to landfill and the community gains access to high-quality, low-cost resources. 

The materials we offer are raw materials, for example cardboard and fabric.  Our users purchase them from us and take them to their settings to use in education, skills development, play and social activities which bring people together.

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We are used by projects which aim to build communities, address social isolation and economic poverty.  We work as part of a network to support collaborative work and are very much in touch with community builders working in our area.

We strive to be an open access service giving individuals and organisations, children and families fair access to a variety of materials for the most benefit in the community. 

This Crowdfunder is raising funds for the roof but the real 'project' is the continuation of the Scrapstore for the benefit of the community.  We are a community hub - a place where people come together to connect through creativity. A place to share ideas, build networks and think sustainably, now and for the future.

1633339005_wp_20160118_12_54_33_pro.jpgWe run a van and rent  storage space in the city which allows us to collect, store, swap and replenish our resources regularly.  This keeps us up with regular business collections - which are much needed and allows us flexibility to swap for other more useful materials.  

1633341154_groups.png'I’ve used Exeter Scrapstore for ten years and can honestly say that without it the learning experiences of our children would not have the richness and high quality we give them – it’s a really unique service'. Assistant Head, Honiton Primary School

Health, wellbeing and access

Our charity is used by a cross section of the community including Care Homes, Occupational Therapists, Art Therapists and Mental Health practitioners who offer social prescribing, as well as well-being practitioners. 

During the spring/ summer of 2020 we delivered a Big Lottery funded outreach project which allowed us to get out into the community to deliver materials.  We ran a succesfull pilot scheme collaborating with food banks in order to get activity packs and learning materials directly to families who may be experiencing poverty and inequality.

Based in the heart of the city we are near to main bus routes, the High Street and there is also parking on the road. Anyone can use our Scrapstore and benefit from our materials.

The Mobile Scrapstore

Our Mobile Scraps1633031230_thumbnail_fb_img_1605273795559.jpgtore first took to the roads in the spring/ summer of 2020.  It allowed us to reach groups, organisations and families that couldn't come to us during the pandemic.  We set up a safe and reliable socially distanced delivery service and ran it in the local area.

We were supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and reached many Schools and groups still operating during that time.  Since then we have continued getting out and about to as many groups in need as we can with this - we find our members love a visit from us!

Environmental Impact

We have estimated end users to be near to 20,000 based on how many groups, organisations, families and Schools that use us and the numbers they interact with using our materials.

We raise awareness about the benefits of re-use and recycling. Prior to the pandemic we were redirecting over 2,000 full bin bags of creative materials away from away from landfill every year by turning them in to useful resources instead.

Our charity aims to address climate change by preventing off-cuts. surplus and bi-product waste from landfill for reuse.  We encourage people to take part in the circular economy and drive a strong message of sustainability, resourcefulness and 'compound flexibility'.  

The Merry Go Round Toy Library

The Merry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library share our building. They offer a unique toy borrowing library service for families and groups with children aged from a few months to early teens. Many of their toys promote inclusion, with some specially designed for children with disabilities. They also have a wide range of resource books and multicultural toys. They are lovely neighbours!

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Outreach

We continue to gain funding for project work and love getting out in to the community to play, be creative and to share the benefits of recycling with all age groups and cultural backgrounds.  We've been lucky enough to have committed volunteers raising funds for projects as well as supporting at events through volunteering opportunities.  We always join in with the wonderful RESPECT Festival in Belmont Park, our home.

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Preserving a Heritage Building

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Arial photo taken during WW2

The Huts of Belmont Pleasure Ground

The army huts scheme was first sanctioned by the City’s Estate Committee in September 1932 which stated that if the military required army huts in the city then Belmont Pleasure Ground could be used.

In 1938 an area was taken over and trenches were dug to prepare the erection of army huts for the use of clerical workers in connection with the Army Pay and Record Office.  This was in a fenced off area of the park where Newtown Football Club used to play matches against teams such as neighbours Polsloe Road, with regular attendances ranging from 200 to 300.

The first two army huts had been erected by June 1939, it was anticipated that the huts would need to be used for a maximum of two years. Huts were initially used by the Royal Army Pay Corps, and by 1940 were being shared by the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s branch of the army.  Group 12 South West of the ATS led by Group Commandant Miss K Acland were based at the huts.

Members addressed one another by surnames only, saluted their officers, and assembled every morning for physical training before work. Many members, including school teachers and private secretaries, gave up their jobs to serve their country in these huts in the park. Most of them were from Exeter, plus other areas of Devon, however there were even members from Canada and Australia.

To serve members a canteen was opened in Belmont Pleasure Ground on 15th January 1940. Consisting of two huts which were interconnecting, the building was provided by the military.

One hut was used for recreational purposes, and the other comprising the canteen, was under the care of the Soroptimist Club of Exeter who arranged teams of volunteer workers to serve three meals a day to about 200 people. The club also supplied most of the furnishings.

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In total twenty huts were built during the war covering half of Belmont Pleasure Ground, one of the huts had a wooden floor and was used to store machinery.  The ATS continued to use the huts for the remainder of the war. *(Girl Power!)* After the end of the war the huts were being used for O.I.C. Infantry Records.

On Monday 13th January 1947 Exeter’s Technical Training College moved to the twenty huts in Belmont Pleasure Ground when the Infantry Records moved to the Higher Barracks.  The college continued to use the huts for the next few decades until the 1980s when the number of huts gradually reduced leaving only two.

With the removal of the hut that was used by Newtown Community Association (replaced with a modern larger building) the Scrapstore is the last remaining built during the military during the Second World War.  It shows how Belmont Pleasure Ground was transformed during the conflict and for the next few decades.  The hut is a reminder of how the city of Exeter was transformed during the war, the hut is therefore of importance to the city’s history.

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Words and information provided by local Historian Michael Parrot

REWARDS

Original Artwork - Sonia Kemp

Amazing mixed media original artwork 

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40cm x 30cm

Ruth Oakley Postcards x 10

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Jute Scrapstore Bag x 20





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Blackbird mug


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Chaffinch mug


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Nuthatch mug









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Bird Vase

Print 1









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Buildings

Print 2


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Lady

Print 3


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Landscape

Print 4

 







Exeter Seedbank Marigold Seeds x 50

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Toy Library Membership x 5

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An Hour of Face Painting with Sparkly Sonia

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Signed copy of Beastie and the Boys children's book x 10

by Chloe Uden - fabulous local Illustrator and Matt Harvey - treasured Devon based Poet and Writer.

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Festive Workshop with Jess and James x 15

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James Lake Sculpture signed workbooks

1 x Semi-Relief Cardboard Portraits

1 x Cardboard Hand

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Scrapstore Membership with add-ons x 5

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Origami Flowers x 5

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Framed original artwork by Ruth Oakley

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Thank You

To all the wonderful Artists and Community Groups who have contributed generous rewards to this Crowdfunder.

Exeter Scrapstore
Belmont Park
Gordon Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2DH

Charity Number: 1143182
Company Number: 07619244

[email protected]

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Exeter Seed Bank Marigold seed pack

This amazing flower brings colour to your border, is great for insects and works well as a companion plant. It's edible and fantastic for pollinators. https://www.exeterseedbank.co.uk Collect from exeter scrapstore during open hours from 11th Nov.

£4 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A postcard in the post!

A thank you from us, received in the post of original Artworks by talented community Artist Ruth Oakley. Every one loves post!

£5 or more

The 'I've-reached-peak-stuff' reward!

You're happy to give the Scrapstore Roof Funder cause a fiver without taking a reward home. Thank you so very much for your support !

£5 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Jute Scrapstore Bag

Take home one of our vintage old-school jute bags. We have 20 available. They are heavy duty, comfy and easy to use. Collect during open hours from 11th Nov onward.

£10 or more

The 'Feel Good Factor' reward!

Happy to support our cause by offering a tenner toward the roof fund for nothing in return. Thank you SO much !

£10 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Bird & Vase - Print 1

A4 Print by talented local artist Ruth Oakley. For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 11th of Nov 2021.

£10 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Buildings - Print 2

A4 Print by talented local artist Ruth Oakley. For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 11th of Nov 2021.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Lady - Print 3

A4 Print by talented local artist Ruth Oakley. For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 11th of Nov 2021.

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

MGRTL Annual Membership

Annual membership and a warm friendly thank you for supporting our roof fund. Collect during Toy Library open hours from 11th Nov onward.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Signed copy of 'Beastie and The Boys'

Chloe Uden's sumptuous and playful pictures perfectly complement Matt Harvey's rambling rhyme which, the publishers are proud to point out, contains mild peril. Find out what happens when the Boys accompany Beastie on his adventures. Or try to - he's not an easy cat to keep up with... Collect your reward from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 11th Nov onward.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cardboard Hand signed workbook

Signed copy of a high-quality cardboard art project booklet which has been designed and illustrated by talented international artist James Lake. These booklets have been thoughtfully put together and would be great for anyone looking for a more complex GCSE style project or as a resource for a practising teacher. www.jameslakesculpture.co.uk Available for collection from Exeter Scrapstore from the 11th Oct during open hours.

£20 or more

The 'kindness of your heart' option

Please do donate if you can, to keep a roof over the head of a service that is much needed and well loved by the community.

£25 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Scrapstore Membership with add-ons

Join as an individual, receive your first bag of scrap on arrival and also get a huge big thank you + an invite to our 10th birthday party which will take place in the spring of 2022. Collect your gift card and join in store during open hours from 11th Nov onward.

£25 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Ribbon Wreath Workshop

Festive Workshop with Jess Carvill and James Hedge. Explore ribbons and wool to make a creative willow wreath or star. This evening workshop 6pm to 8pm which will take place on the 24th or 25th of Nov - evening to be confirmed.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

An hour of Face Painting

A visit from the wonderful Sparkly Sonia on a date to be arranged in the Exeter area. Only one slot available so pledge today to book.

£35 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Origami Flower Bouquet

A lovely bunch of paper origami flowers in a colour of your choice from The Paper Florist www.thepaperflorist.co.uk. For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during December.

£50 or more

Feeling Generous

A generous one off donation of £50 for the roof fund without the need for a reward. Thank you so very much!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Could I be more sparkly by Sonia Kemp

A stunning multi-media assemblage painting created by local artist Sonia Kemp. This artwork is colourful and sparkly and features all sorts of amazing tiny details. You will find it changes in the light and you notice something different every day!

£250 or more

Celebrated Sponsor

A place on the Ribbon Wreath making workshop, an invite to our 10th Birthday party in the spring, a bunch of origami flowers and a Big Thank you on our website.

£500 or more

Official Roof Sponsor

Become an official sponsor for the roof and have your name mentioned on the website as well as on a plaque on the wall inside the building. The plaque will celebrate how the community came together to preserve this heritage building for the community for years to come. Thank you!

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Nuthatch Mug

Beautifully decorated bird mug. One of three. Brand new and donated by one of our incredible Scrapstore surplus and off-cut businesses.

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Blackbird mug

Beautifully decorated bird mug. One of three. Brand new and donated by one of our incredible Scrapstore surplus and off-cut businesses.

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Chaffinch mug

Beautifully decorated bird mug. One of three. Brand new and donated by one of our incredible Scrapstore surplus and off-cut businesses.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Landscape - Print 4

A4 Print by talented local artist Ruth Oakley. For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 11th of Nov 2021.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Semi-Relief Cardboard Portraits signed workbook

Signed copy of a high-quality cardboard art project booklet which has been designed and illustrated by talented international artist James Lake. These booklets have been thoughtfully put together and would be great for anyone looking for a more complex GCSE style project or as a resource for a practising teacher. www.jameslakesculpture.co.uk Available for collection from Exeter Scrapstore from the 4th Oct during open hours.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ruth Oakley original artwork

Beautiful original print framed print by talented local artist Ruth Oakley. BIRDS in the CITY 54cms height x43cms width screen print 4/5 Framed For collection from Exeter Scrapstore during open hours from the 4th of Nov 2021.

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