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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.

FREE! NCA Social Café

The Newtown Community Association free Social Cafe on 9th March 10.30 - 12noon has another speaker. Anyone is welcome to come to the cafe. Bethany Steer is also returning to help anyone who missed her talk last month and would still like to find out about reducing heating costs (some people who heard last month's talk have already made use of the information). Bethany is from the National Energy Action Charity.


We are pleased to announce our next guest speaker - Ray Bushell from A H Jones Investigators Ltd who are based in Clifton Road, Exeter.

Ray will be giving a brief insight into the varied activities that a Private Eye carries out on a daily basis. Such assignments include: tracing missing persons, surveillance, private injury claims, serving legal documents, fraud investigation, child welfare cases, statement taking and other information gathering activities.

This is a great opportunity to find out a little bit about the often misunderstood world of Private Investigation. The talk will begin at 10.45 am, and Ray will be available afterwards to answer any questions. Raincoat, Trilby, false nose and moustache are all optional!

See also the Social Café page

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 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 for further information.

She's Arrived!


The Great Newtown Rhino Project Art Café was a roaring triumph with over 70 local people coming along and joining in. So far we have 45 completed rhino designs for the competition.

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If you haven’t finished yours yet, make sure that you pop it in to the Scrapstore by the closing date of Saturday 30th January. The winning design will be painted onto our baby rhino – and the winner will receive a fabulous family ticket to Paignton Zoo.

More rhino café dates for your diary: Saturday 27 February, 2pm – 4pm: rhino art café & exhibition. Come and find out who is the winner of the competition, see all the entries and have fun making more art. Saturday 21st May, 2pm – 4pm: rhino art café & meet the finished baby rhino before she goes on her travels (but don’t worry, she’ll be back to live in Belmont Park later in the year!)

Find out more on the rhino project page.

Christmas Fayre 2015 - Thank-you!

ChristmasFayreOn Sunday 29th afternoon there was a great turnout at our Craft Fair, in Belmont Hut, with stalls selling lots of craft and the cafe doing constant business throughout.

Thank you to all those that braved the weather. It was a great atmosphere with Christmas music playing and lots of festive cakes.

Thank you to all the stall holders and their enormous efforts making all the amazing craft and food they displayed and sold.

Also thank you so much to those that helped set up, serve and take money in the cafe and clear away.

We have left the small NCA Christmas tree up so it is there for anyone hiring the hut to use up until Christmas.


More photos on our Facebook pages


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

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.


Contact 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:

NCA Events Facebook Page


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.


See the Qigong page for details

Social Cafe

See Social Café page for details


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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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 ( or call 01392 272793

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