Halloween is coming!
Halloween Café, 31st October Saturday, 4pm -7pm ... the ever popular NCA Halloween Event, more details to follow...
Café News and the Food Festival
On Sunday 16th August we had a lovely relaxed afternoon at the cafe at Belmont Hut. The weather was dry and so we sat outside and listened to some wonderful music from Flute cake and Detor. Thank you to all those who volunteered to help in the kitchen, cook those gorgeous cakes and who entertained us for free. Plus Sparkly Sonia who did face painting and kept the children happy so adults could stay longer.
The next chance you will all have to experience another musical and food related event is on Sunday 13th September at the Newtown Community Food Festival from 12 to 4pm. Local musicians will entertain everyone while you can buy lunch and enjoy the family activities. Meet your neighbours from Newtown. It is for all ages and all communities. We have Asian, British (cakes, sandwiches and sausage rolls) East African vegetarian, Filipino, Indian and Indonesian food.
This is the third annual Newtown Food Festival in Belmont Park and last year about 500 people came and had a good time. Do join us and if you can offer an hour or two to help do let the NCA secretary know. Why not download a copy of the flier, print it and put up in your front window!
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
Newtown Community Arts Group
Summer Family Drop-Ins Mondays 10am - 12noon
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.
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.
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.