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NCA Food Festival 2016!

You can click here to download a copy of the above flier to print and display prominently somehwere in or around Newtown!

Please also, Like the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewtownCommunityAssociationCommunityEvents/

FREE! NCA Social Café

The next Newtown Community Association free Social Cafe on Wednesday 14th Sept 10.30 - 12 noon  Anyone is welcome to come to the cafe. 

There is going to be a talk on Chess and what it is like to be an international chess player by Jack Rudd on 14th Sept.

The next cafe will have a talk about the 'Executions in Exeter' by Mike Richards, on October 12th. Mike is a Redcoat and a Cathedral guide. The talk and cafe are free however we will be collecting donations for Hospicecare at this talk if you could be kind enough to donate to this cause.

If anyone has any suggestions for further talks, and who might give the talk, please do let Su Aves know on 01392 272793.

See also the Social Café page

The Great Big Rhino Project 

For 10 weeks in the summer of 2016, life-size rhino sculptures will rampage through the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter creating a fun trail for all the family to enjoy.  

The Great Big Rhino Project by Paignton Zoo promises to be even bigger than the Great Gorillas Project in 2013!

From Saturday 30th July through to Sunday 9th October the life-size rhino sculptures will highlight the significant conservation threat facing wild rhinos. The rhinos will then return to Paignton Zoo from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2016.The life size ones will then be auctioned for charity on Thursday 3rd November 2016. The funds raised from the auction will be used by Paignton Zoo to support rhino conservation.

The trail comes alive on Saturday 30th July. Twitter @Greatbigrhinos, hashtag #greatbigrhinos.

Don't forget to look for Sama, our Newtown Community rhino and let us know what you think on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NewtownCommunityAssociationCommunityEvents/

Do please go and visit Sama at the Phoenix where you will find it as part of the Rhino Trail to the end of September.

Here’s a link to some photos taken when we delivered the rhino to Paignton Zoo 

This is a link to the album of  all the rhino photos taken at The Newtown Community Art Project which is funded and run by Magic Carpet and they have done all the decorating of Sama our rhino. 

To find out more about the rhino project, see our rhino project page.

Young people in Exeter: have your say!

Exeter’s a great place and the council want to provide the best possible opportunities for the young people who grow up in the city. 

Exeter Community Forum, Devon County Council  and Exeter City Council are working together on a plan to help make this happen.


They need your help in reaching young people and encouraging them to take part in the survey.

The deadline for young people to complete the survey is FRIDAY 15TH JULY.

They’d like to hear young people’s own views about what they like and dislike and what they want to see improved in the city. What you tell them will help to plan for the future, they want to hear from as many young people aged 11-19 across the city as they can.

Please complete the questionnaire below and share the survey with your friends.
The results of the survey will be published along with the overall plan later in 2016.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/exeteryouthstrategy

If you would like to know more about the Exeter Youth Strategy process please get in touch with Their co-ordinator, Gill Millar (gillmillar2000@outlook.com). 

The survey is anonymous and young people cannot be identified through their responses.

Vision Update spring 2016

It has been two years now since the city council and county council pledged nearly £150k of New Homes Bonus and Section 106 funding to seed fund the Vision project for a new community building in Belmont Park to replace the aging current building managed by Newtown Community Association on behalf of the community. The proposed new building, which received planning permission, was ambitious and potentially very expensive and the decision was taken to employ a fund raising company to assist with raising the rest of the funds (over £500k). The project received an encouraging grant of £20k from a charitable fund last March to add to existing ECC grants bringing funds promised to a total of £167k. However since then grant bids to Exeter Legacy Fund, Jewsons Community Action and Garfield Weston Fund have all been unsuccessful. The Big Lottery Fund is proving too big a challenge despite assistance from a fund raising specialist at the University and so it has been decided by the committee to pursue a less expensive building option and tenders are being sought. The intention is to maintain the scale of the building but reduce the ambition of the build quality. A significant funding challenge remains but new possibility of grants related to student accommodation development exist. Anyone who would like to be involved in this project is invited to contact NCA Chair Rory McNeile on 07941 200269.

Gosh! Is that a Gingko Biloba?

Can you spot the three new trees planted in Belmont park by the city council? They were planted recently to replace the London Plane that had to be removed. They are: a Gingko Biloba (the maidenhair tree); a Liquidamber and a Veitch Crab Apple Tree.

The crab apple will give some colour for the spring and the Ginko and Liquidamber will brighten up the park with some Autumn colours.

Fancy getting involved with the NCA?

... meeting more of your neighbours and playing a key part in helping to keep our Community Association thriving?

If you are a great organiser & communicator who enjoys being part of a welcoming team you would be just right in the role of committee secretary. It's your job to keep an eye on things, responding to enquiries and helping the committee to function well. You will also be a trustee. This is a voluntary position.

Click here for the secretary role profile.

Click here for information about being a Newtown Community Association trustee.

Contact Su at secretary@newtowncommunity.org.uk for further information.

 

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Click here for the secretary role profile.

Click here for information about being a Newtown Community Association trustee.

Contact Su at secretary@newtowncommunity.org.uk for further information.

Exeter Community Forum

Exeter Community Forum would like your help in developing a community strategy for Exeter.

New housing development is planned for many areas of the city, and developers now have to pay a levy to provide for community facilities. The Exeter Community Strategy will make plans for the future of the city over the next 10 years, and say how this money should be used to improve and develop local communities.

The next stage of the process is a series of 5 local events bringing together communities affected by development and those areas where there won't be so much.
Each of these events is an opportunity for people to: 

  • Find out more about the strategy and the developers’ levy and how it could affect your community
  • Have your say about what your neighbourhood needs (whether or not there will be development happening locally to you)
  • Have your say on how the money from the developers’ levy should be used.

If you'd like to read more about this please see http://exetercommunityforum.net/

Newtown Community Arts Group

Regular Sessions Mondays 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.

Groups

Contact fiona.d@magiccarpet-arts.co.uk to find out if you are in the funded area or pop along to a session. Photos and more information are on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/newtownartsgroup.

Magic Carpet are here.

 

NCA Events Facebook Page

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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.

Qigong

See the Qigong page for details

Social Cafe

There is a write-up on the Casualites Union presentation at the 13th Huly café on the Social Café page. See Social Café page for details

Choir

See the Choir page for details!

Sensory Garden

Sensory GardenDid 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here for more about the Vision Project

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 (secretary@newtowncommunity.org.uk) or call 01392 272793

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