25th & 26th October 2014
Ancient Sunlight: Creative Writing Workshops
Exeter Central Library
(part of Exetreme Imagination - the children's literature festival)
The workshops are 90 minutes and Pay what you can (a suggested minimum of £3 each but it is up to attendees!) If you want to find out more, and times of sessions, you can have a look at the poster at www.kaleider.com/events or call on 01392 437750
100s of young people are working with Kaleider to rite a book of stories of now: Ancient Sunlight - The exeter Book and we'd love to get as many joining in as we can.
AGM Change of Date - and next NCA forum
Please note that the Newtown Community Association AGM is no longer going to take place on Saturday 25th October.
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.
The meeting on Saturday 25th October, from 10:30am-12pm, is now an Open Forum Meeting for which you are all cordially invited.
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.
Newtown Community Forum
Our next Open Forum coincides with our AGM and will take place on Saturday 25th October at 10.30am.
For minutes of earlier meetings, see About Us.
NCA Events Facebook Page
The Bunting Project
As part of our reflections on the 100th anniversary of the World War One, the NCA has set up the bunting project. The project is about bringing together the NCA community of today whilst remembering those who lost their lives in the war. It ties in with both the Art Café on May 11th and our WW1 anniversary event on the 3rd of August.
The kick-off at the Art Cafe in the hut on the 14th of May was a great event with a fabulous turnout. We now have 24 completed flags... onwards and upwards to our goal of 118!
Vision Update – April 2014
Exeter City Council Confirms £100,000 grant from New Homes Bonus Fund.
With full designs and planning approval already in place, the big challenge now for the Vision project, an ambitious proposal to replace the ageing Belmont Hut with a sustainable community building at the heart of Belmont Park, is funding. With a target of £530k to begin building, the confirmation of a £100k grant towards construction costs of the proposed new building is exciting news. NCA Committee members attended the City Council NHB Fund allocation panel last month and presented the case for the new building. Allocation of a grant of £100k in two tranches to be paid subject to the remainder of the money being raised is an encouraging start to the fund raising programme. It is also without doubt a vote of confidence in the ‘Vision’ project. The committee would particularly like to thank City Councillors Richard Branston and Roger Spackman for supporting the funding submission. City MP Ben Bradshaw has also written in support of the project ‘….The development of a sustainable, fit-for-purpose building for the people of Newtown is incredibly important…’
The challenge remains to raise the additional minimum sum of £430k in the next year and local fund raising company Granted have been employed to assist with this process. A particular need is to demonstrate the importance of a community building in Belmont Park and to this end the committee are keen to hear from any individuals, user groups or organisations who see an opportunity for them in the proposed new building. Please contact Rory McNeile NCA Chair by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07941 200 269.
Thursdays 10.30-11.30 - costs £4
There will be no Qigong session on the 21st or 28th of August.
There is a Qigong session every week on Thursdays 10.30 to 11.30 am in Belmont hut. It costs £4 per session. If anyone wants to try a taster session for free or would like more information about Qigong please phone Su on 01392 272793. It is 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 677575
Forthcoming Events and Cafés
The Events page will be updated soon with a list of 2014 cafe dates.
Next association meeting
Our next meeting is the open forum taking place on Saturday 25th October at 10.30am. The agenda will appear here nearer the time. There will also be a notice in the newsletter.
Forum Meetings 2014
To be held on Mondays at 7.30pm :
27th January 2014
Saturday 21st February 2015 from 10.30am-12pm
All are welcome and encouraged to attend Forum meetings and AGMs.