I firmly believe, as the pages of this book reveal, that the vibrancy and resilience of YMCA is rooted in its commitment to sharing the good news of God’s love in relevant and practical ways.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter

'A History of YMCA Exeter' - on sale now

YMCA Exeter is one of the oldest YMCAs in the world, founded in 1846. Our story begins with local Exeter philanthropist John Dinham, who caught the vision of the national YMCA movement and was passionate about creating an Exeter expression. The very first meeting was held in Gandy Street and our vision remains the same as during that mid-Victorian era, to share God’s love whilst practically responding to changes in social, economical and cultural contexts.

Whether you studied at the university, have worshipped in the cathedral or are an avid Chiefs supporter, Exeter is a city we are proud of. Yet for some, their attachment is with Exeter’s YMCA. From a place of rest during the WW2 to a place of learning in the 21st century, YMCA has played a fundamental role in Exeter’s recent history. Come and join us in our ongoing story of family, friendship and heritage.

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From University lectures to community groups, church meetings and the WI, our team are available to deliver talks and take your audience on a journey through our local history. Contact us by emailing office@ymcaexeter.org.uk or calling 01392 410530.