Back to the 40s

1 – 9 June

A series of FREE events reflecting life in Brixham during the 1940s and marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Town Centre Murals

Redundant spaces re-purposed with eye-catching murals to add to our ‘cultural’ offer.

WW1

The Shadows project marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War 1 in 2018. It is decorated with 216 poppies, one for each person lost in the town during the war.

Welcome

We live in challenging times. Resources are declining but needs and expectations are rising. This requires a different way of thinking and a range of innovative, cost-effective responses.

Brixham Future is committed to self help and partnership working to address local issues such as decline in our town centre. We are focused on delivering micro-regeneration projects or events that benefit Brixham and wider Torbay. By working together in this way, we make it possible to improve our town step by step, some times by small steps and sometimes by larger ones. We do this in order to maintain and improve our built heritage and beautiful natural environment.

More importantly, we also seek to ‘add value’ to the lives of our residents and visitors. We want everyone to share in the pride we have for Brixham and for the people who live here.

Some of our recent projects have been:

  • murals on gable ends in the town centre
  • planters to improve the aesthetics of the central car park
  • a commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War 1.

We are a small group and we cannot do this in isolation. We are privileged to work alongside many other organisations including other established community changemakers such as Pride in Brixham, Middle Street Traders, Brixham Chamber of Commerce, Christian voluntary and statutory sector groups, commercial entities private individuals and local government including Brixham Town Council.

We are indeed fortunate to have these and many more similar organisations in our town focussing on positive action and change.

These organisations are a perfect illustration of the value of one of our town’s greatest assets –  the enthusiastic, experienced, innovative and inspirational people who are passionate about making improvements to Brixham for the benefit of those who live, work, visit and play here.

And if that description fits you, come and join in. You will find us a warm and welcoming organisation where you can make new friends, expand your horizons, acquire new knowledge and skills and enjoy the satisfaction of making a really positive difference to our town.

Facebook Posts

5 hours ago

Brixham Future

"Let me introduce myself. I am Pierre Logghe. I was a Belgian refugee in Brixham during the war. I consider myself a Brixham boy. I was 11 years old when the war broke out.

On Monday 19 May 1940 while I was attending the Belgian School (a room in the Sunday School of the Baptist Church) we heard explosions and smelt gas. Everyone left the school and I had to scramble over the brick-strewn Middle Street, Brixham. One bomb fell near the gas tank which began to leak; another fell on the off-licence in Fore Street, killing the parents of a National School friend of mine."

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day draws closer, we will be sharing some real stories of Brixham during the war. Please feel free to share yours and your family's stories in the comments. Lest we forget.

You can read Pierre's full story here: www.brixhamfuture.co.uk/pierres-story/
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1 day ago

Brixham Future

Strand Art Gallery Brixham are putting on a wonderful FREE Exhibition for those who have an interest in the artistic heritage of this small port. Brixham has been the home port of many artists who grew up in the war years and have left us with their recollections of what the conflict was like in vivid colour.

Find out more: www.brixhamfuture.co.uk/victory-exhibition-strand-art-gallery/
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2 days ago

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Brixham hosted a large refugee population during the war, mainly refugees from occupied Belgium. The Americans also arrived in numbers from 1943 onwards as the South West had been chosen as the practice ground for the US Forces to prepare for the invasion of France.

For the D-Day Landings, as part of Operation Neptune, the American 4th Infantry Division departed from Breakwater Beach for the first beach to be invaded, code named Utah, in occupied France.

During 1944, Lupton House served as the site of Camp E during the amphibious assault training exercises carried out at Slapton Sands by the Americans and later as one of the marshalling areas (K6) for the US forces chosen for the landing on Utah Beach on D-Day.

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3 days ago

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Step back in time! Tickets to the 1940's Dance are now on sale! With a traditional live band and vintage 40's dress encouraged, this event is not to be missed!

Proceeds will go towards funding the Brixham Goes Back To The 40's event. A huge thanks to Bays Brewery for donating the beer!

For more information or to buy tickets, visit: www.brixhamfuture.co.uk/40s-dance-party/
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4 days ago

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The 1940s Treasure Hunt is a FREE competition open to both the parents and children! The treasure hunt will involve seeking out 1940's items in Brixham and completing your own Treasure Map!

This will be run by the Middle Street, Brixham. Traders! Find out more: www.brixhamfuture.co.uk/treasure-hunt-middle-street-traders/
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"I was a Belgian refugee in Brixham during WW2. On 19 May 1940 while attending school we heard explosions. A bomb fell in Fore Street, killing the parents of a friend" Read Pierre's story https://t.co/i6XD4zdAPV

As #DDay75 approaches we will share stories of #Brixham during #WW2

The Strand Art Gallery are putting on a fab #FREE #Exhibition. #Brixham has been the home port of many artists who grew up in the war years & have left us with their recollections of what the conflict was like in vivid colour. #DDay75

Find out more: https://t.co/1kZ79XOpXw

#Brixham hosted refugees during #WW2. From 1943, US Forces arrived as the SW was the practice ground to prepare for the France invasion. During 1944 @discoverlupton served as a campsite for the Americans. For #DDay the @4thInfDiv left from Breakwater Beach https://t.co/ixaH8dVaG7

Tickets to the 1940's #Dance are now on sale! With a traditional live band and #vintage 40's dress encouraged, this is not to be missed!

Proceeds will fund the #Brixham Goes Back To The 40's​ event. Thanks to @BaysBrewery for donating the beer! #DDay75

https://t.co/9BbCzGg338

The 1940s Treasure Hunt is a #FREE #competition open to both the parents & children! It will involve seeking out 1940's items in #Brixham and completing your own Treasure Map! #DDay75 #DDay

This will be run by the Middle Street Traders! Find out more: https://t.co/ruztYcydtQ

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