Vision (New Hut) Project Update
Exciting news that the challenge to raise funds for the new building ‘Vision’ project to replace the current hut in Belmont Park has received a boost with a pledge of £20,000 from the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation. This follows an application submitted last autumn and a presentation given by members of the NCA and user groups in February both of which were well received and have resulted in this positive outcome. The pledge is conditional on the target sum of £552,500 being raised in the next 12 months and so a real challenge lies ahead! The total sum raised so far is now £147,000 and work is ongoing to close the gap. With help from fund raising specialists at Exeter University, it is hoped to resubmit an ambitious bid to the Big Lottery Fund in the next few months and a range of bids to other community funds will be submitted alongside this. It is very much hoped that the vote of confidence shown in the project by this latest pledge will encourage other funders to support us too. If you are a user of the hut or indeed a potential user, a letter or e-mail of support for the project including a statement of how you or your group will benefit would be most helpful. Please contact any of the committee members with contact details on the NCA website
AmnesTEA & Flute CAKE
‘Flute Cake’ invites you to an afternoon of light classics and film & movie favourites to support the fantastic work of Amnesty International. Come along and drink tea, eat cake and take a musical journey from the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides to a luscious folk song suite and the Frozen land of Arendelle to the mystical world of Harry Potter; arranged for three flutes and all for a good cause.
Sunday 19th April 2015, 2.30 - 4pm
Newtown Community Association Hut, Belmont Park
Free entry with a retiring collection and refreshments to purchase from 2:30pm. Music from 3pm.
Newtown Community Arts Group
Every Monday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Open to Newtown residents of all ages and abilities - come and have fun, meet your neighbours and try out different art and craft activities. It's all FREE, funded by the People's Health Trust.
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AGM Change of Date
It has been agreed to revert to AGMs early in the calendar year to enable us to approve audited accounts before they have to be submitted to the Charity Commission.
The AGM will now take place on Saturday 21st February 2015 from 10.30am-12pm.
Booking the Hut
Belmont Hut, in the middle of Belmont Park (or Belmont Leisure Ground, if you will) is a fabulous community resource and the focus of many community events and activities. You can book the hut for your event. All the details are on the Hut Bookings Page. The calendar will tell you which slots are currently available.
Thursdays 10.30-11.30 - costs £4
Sessions began again on 8th January 2015. The Thursday Qigong will not have a class on the 2nd and 9th of April 2015 due to the Easter holidays
As the Thursday sessions are so popular we would like to announce there will be a new class on a Monday morning at 10 or 10.30am from 20th April 2015, free for a first trial, otherwise £4 per session. Please phone Su Aves on 01392 272793 if you are interested in trying a session. (or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our sessions are led by Joe Salmon from Tai Chi Nation. We follow each session with a short social cafe which anyone is welcome to stay for if you have time.
Qigong consists of exercises designed to relax the body, reduce stress, improve breathing and enhance coordination which can in turn improve balance. No previous experience of Qigong is needed.
2nd Wednesday 10.30-12 noon - free
Every 2nd Wednesday each month Su and George organise cafes at Belmont Park Hut for anyone who would like to come. We usually number 10 or so. We have hot drinks, cake and biscuits. It is a free cafe. We owe thanks to the Exeter City Council Community Grant and the POCA Incentivisation Funds for Community Projects 2012/2013 (Police) who have both supported these cafes with funds.
Anyone is welcome. We sometimes just talk to each other and sometimes have a speaker or activity. If you would like to know anything else about the cafe do phone Su on 01392 272793. We would very much like to see new faces as well as our regulars. There is no pressure to come every month, just when you would like to come.
Did you know that the sensory garden in Belmont Park is certainly the oldest in Britain and thought to be the oldest in the world? The community association has been involved in its recent relaunch. Check this out.
The Newtown Community Association
The Association exists to bring the wider Newtown community together by providing an affordable venue for activities and events.
We are based at The Hut in Belmont Park, Exeter, which we operate for groups, families and individuals to use as a venue for all kinds of activities and events.
We also organise or host events ourselves from time to time and take part in larger events in the park such as the Respect Festival.
How Can You Help?
We are ALWAYS looking for people to get involved in whichever capacity suits them from making cakes to editing the web site!
- Help in the cafe kitchen (every two months in the spring, summer and autumn).
- Bake cakes for the cafes.
- Join a sub-committee to organise an event.
- Help at events.
- Help with design of flyers ad posters.
- Help with hut maintenance.
- Come along to meetings and have your say (approximately every six weeks).
- Become an officer of the committee with special responsibility.
If you have skills to offer contact the Secretary (email@example.com) or call 01392 272793
Next association meeting
Our next open meeting is provisionally set for Sat 23rd May at 10:30 am in the hut subject to confirmation.