In 2013 Ilfracombe Town Council were offered the opportunity to purchase The Lantern, historically a Church, more recently owned by Devon County Council, when it was used as a centre for Devon’s Youth Service and as a community building until closing in 2012. After much deliberation and discussion and after consultation with the Ilfracombe community it was decided we would take it on.
The plans to reopen The Lantern began and thanks to the invaluable support, time, skills, effort and dedication of the fantastic Old Gits Club (a group of volunteers, mostly made up of retired, skilled tradespeople) the building has been updated, renovated, cleared and cleaned, made safe, repaired, redecorated and freshened up.
In November 2015, as part of Ilfracombe’s fabulous Lighting the Lights evening, The Lantern opened its doors to the community for the first time in 3 years. A great event with hundreds packed into The Great Hall, a fitting celebration of this wonderful building being used once again.
From that day the work has continued and now The Great Hall and Club Room are regularly used by individuals, clubs, businesses and community groups. The newly updated offices are now available for hire, the preschool are due to return in time for the next school year and the Café is almost completed. This final part of the renovation will provide a healthy café and coffee shop as well as being a training environment for people new to and returning to work.
The Lantern really has been and will continue to be a community project, supported by the people of Ilfracombe, it’s a great pleasure to see it being used again.
For information, to hire a room or to rent an office please contact us on 01271 855300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebok – thelanternilfracombe