Tuckers Hall was featured in a two-page article published in the November 2018 edition of the magazine Devon Life. In the article, Ian Gardner, a former Master of Tuckers Hall, referred to the strong entrepreneurial tradition exemplified in such organisations as the Merchant Venturers.
'I want every youngster here in Exeter to know their history and the spirit of entrepreneurship and effort that the city had all those years ago and to be proud of that,' he said.
Sir Walter Raleigh, one of the best known entrepreneurs of his time, would certainly have approved of such sentiments. And I'd like to think that he would have approved of the charitable aims of Tuckers Hall.
'There are significant numbers of young disadvantaged people in the area who have often been brought up in care and are not able to get the help needed to support them into training and the workplace,' reads the section on the Tuckers Hall website about the work of the Guild of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen Charities today.
'When they are 19 years old, Government funding is virtually non-existent and many of these young people are finding themselves on the scrapheap before they have even begun their working lives.'
The Guild aims to address the problem by giving opportunities for disadvantaged young people to have the appropriate training and support so that they can eventually take care of themselves both personally and financially. It has established a strong relationship with the organisation Young Devon http://www.youngdevon.org/, which aims to help individual young people get on the right track for the rest of their lives. Beneficiaries will have resided within 25 miles of Exeter for at least the last three years and be aged between 16 and 25.
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