The Brixham Battery Heritage Group was named on April 22nd 1997. The proposel of the terms and conditions of our first five year lease where recieved by Mike Ford
Ron Coleman. Len Tucker, Mike Ford and Robbie Robbinson. Continued
to raise funds and members ,Joining Them in the group were Harry Moore,Ivan Parton and Fred Sayer.Phil Trayhorn to name just a few....
Our First committee in 1999 as BBHG
Robbie Robbinson =Chairman, Phil Trayhorn = Vice Chairman, Ron Coleman
= Secretary, Bill Loader = Treasurer. also Edger Lawrence,Mrs Pat Lowe and Norman Golding
On March 30th 2002 (Easter Saturday) Councillor Bob Pudner Mayor of Torquay Cut the tape to officaily open our centre
a miniature cannon was fired
and Bob took the baton to start the 6 piece brass band
we were now declared open
Phil Trayhorn took over as Chairman and carried on in the post for 11 years.
Phil successfully got us the lottery heritage grant of £50,000
to allow us to build our Education centre
All the hard work paid off with the site being given English Heritage Status
The Rest,as they say is History..
We are a group of volunteers helping to restore the Brixham coastal defence
battery built in 1940, and provide on-site information to the general public and other organisations. The group uses the Artillery Training Section (ATS) hut as its education centre and museum after having secured a long lease from Torbay council.
The dedicated group helps to maintain and restore the grounds of Brixham Battery. This includes The ATS building, War Shelter, Ammunition Tunnels, Generator Rooms, Gun Emplacements, Battery Observation Post (B.O.P) ,Pill Box and other structures around the
site. As well as maintaining the Museum and grounds we educate schools and the general public about the history and operation of the site during WWII.
Until his passing in Feb 2006 the group was Proud to have a veteran sergeant,
Mr Ron Coleman, who manned the Battery with others during the second world war; as their Secretary.
The group has members of all ages. There are always projects and work to be done at the centre, from helping restore the war shelter
and ammunition tunnels right up to helping out in the museum.
As a registered charity, the Heritage Group has been generously awarded various grants and relies heavily on donations from visitors. Another way of receiving funds is through organised
school visits and also visiting other heritage sites where we produce WWII displays.
The site you see today is now.
The Brixham Battery Heritage Centre which was founded in 1999, and became a Registered Charity (no 1082171) in that year
none of this would have happened if it wasnt for the dedication of Mike Ford along with Rod Hart, Sue Sleep ,Carole Hart and joined by Ron Coleman . They are the true founders of our orignal Group.