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Annual General Meeting

Monday 27th February 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Community Hut in Belmont Park.

Come to the AGM to find out about:

Community events

Find out what’s happening.
Tell others what you are interested in.

New Community Building

Vision to reality! We are about to apply for planning permission for the more affordable redesign and to enter into a contract for its construction. Come along and find out more.

Belmont Park Play Equipment

We want to hear your views on this.

Eveyone is Welcome! Come along and have your say.

(And, of course, for coffee and biscuits)

Download a copy of the agenda here

Volunteers Needed
for Exeter Repair Café Opening

Saturday February 18th 2017
From 10:00 to 13:00 St. Sidwell's Community Centre

Volunteers are needed who can sew OR mend items. Not experts:
just proficient people who can take on simple repairs, show others how to repair items & are happy to come along & help start our Repair Café in February.

The Repair Café will run on the 3rd Saturday of every month thereafter.

Professional volunteers from local firms will be on hand to take on electrical/electronic repairs.

Some tools & electric sewing machines provided

For further information contact Jude on  01392 424234 (daytime)(answer phone available)


Improve Mobility and Balance Through Core training breathing exercises and posture alignment in a relaxing background music session, helping you engage and stabilized your deep muscles involve in every movement

Please Bring your own ‘Pilates /Yoga Mat’

Individual ‘Mat Pilates’ 1-2-1 or group classes at your place are also available.
More information contact Doris by email: and on 077 69687319  or by messenger at her facebook page '

Doris is happy to offer Mat Pilates at 'The Hut' if there is sufficient interest.

New Student Accommodation

A group by Newtown residents has contacted the NCA about a proposal to build a 3-storey student block in Lower Albert Street opposite the Globe. We’ve been asked to draw attention to this and to an associated petition. The planning decision is to be made very soon – on the 26th of January.

You can comment on the proposals here:

The petition is here:

2017 offers some exciting prospects...

2017 offers some exciting prospects for the community with confirmation of a contribution of £25,000 towards our Vision Project from MACE property developers who will be leading the Belgrave Road development.

This in hand with the possibility of some additional funding from the city council raises the very real possibility of being able to move ahead with the building of a replacement community hut in Belmont Park this coming year.

The management committee are currently obtaining quotes from a number of building companies that specialise in timber construction and that have built similar types of community building. We are also in discussion with the city planning department in preparation for submission of a revised planning application based on a proposed building of 150sqm footprint (this is 25% smaller than the previous application but 45% bigger than the existing hut and consistent with the views expressed at the original community workshops in 2012) with a main hall area and the possibility of a separate or divisible smaller room as well as kitchen and fully DDA compliant toilet facilities. Plans showing the revised proposals will be on the noticeboards in the hut and on the website as soon as possible. If you want to comment please feel free to fill in a comment slip and leave it in the box by the plans or email Rory at We hope to have a firm proposal agreed at the AGM in February and be ready to submit a planning application then too.

The location of the new building will most likely be in the area of grass nearer to the main play equipment space and there is discussion going on with the play equipment committee led by Jo White and Ruth Mollins who are taking on the discussion with the Parks department to see how the play equipment in the park is to be replaced as much of it is due to be condemned (due to age) in the next few years. This will involve raising money and offering ideas on how the play areas are redeveloped. If you are interested in this please do contact us and share your thoughts or be ready to raise some funds! There will be opportunity to discuss this at the AGM too - this is due to take place at 7.30pm on Monday 27th February in the Belmont Park Hut.

Finally we believe that Newtown Community Association was first constituted in 1987 and so will be celebrating the Association’s 30th Anniversary during the coming year. We are holding a celbrstory café event in and around the hut on Saturday 1st July which will include live music and dramatic performance of some specially commissioned playlets recognising events that reflect the Association’s aims and achievements - put the date in your diary now! If you have been involved in the Association or enjoyed particular events or occasions in the hut or park and would like to share these with our playwright James Cotter or have other ideas about how we might celebrate the Association and our community then, as before, please get in touch. In the meantime have a very happy New Year.

NCA Management Committee

FREE! NCA Social Café

The Newtown Community Association free Social Café is on most second Wednesdays of the month, 10.30 - 12 noon  Anyone is welcome to come to the café, which is free. 

We will be playing chess and other board games/cards or you can come just to have a chat, cake and hot drink. We look forward to seeing you.

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 were rampaging through the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter creating a fun trail for all the family to enjoy.

Click here for the Great Big Rhino Project by Paignton Zoo updates. 

Over half term our rhino Sama has been at Babbacombe Model Village and will be collected by Su this week to return to Newtown. The life size rhinos 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.

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

We hope you visited Sama at the Phoenix where Sama was part of the Rhino Trail.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Magic Carpet are here.


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

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


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 ( or call 01392 272793

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