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Calling all residents, dog walkers, hut users etc. eMail a photo to and one or two sentences that include your name (first name only of you like) to join our gallery of people!


My name is Rory McNeile and I am pleased to join the Newtown Community Association committee as a resident of Newtown.  My family have grown up here over the past 15 years and I have a firm belief in an active community and the value of our park as a resource to be made use of as widely as possible.  I served for 20 years in the Royal Navy and am now a secondary school geography teacher at Uffculme School near Cullompton.  I hope to be able to make some useful contributions to the Association.

(At the end of 2013 Rory took over from Ian Harrison as the association's chair. Ian and Tricia are of to New Zealand for a long trip!)


SuSu Aves I have lived in Newtown for over 15 years with my family and in Exeter for 20 years. I had both of my daughters in one of the aisles of Waitrose when it was still a maternity hospital. I have benefited greatly from living in Newtown and would like to give something back by being part of the Newtown Community Association committee. For 13 years I taught science in secondary schools until I had my second daughter. I am a Mum at home and do voluntary work such as at Newtown Primary School where I was a governor for seven years. I was secretary of NCA from Oct 2013 to February 2016. I run the NCA Social Cafes and Qigong with cafe in Belmont Hut. Newtown is a vibrant and friendly part of Exeter and I am lucky to live here. I am looking forward to the Respect Festival and all the cafes and other activities organised at Belmont Hut this year.


My name is James Cotter and I am pleased to join the Newtown Community Association committee as the publicity secretary. I am resident of Newtown having moved here a year ago with my partner and our new-born son. I have worked for Devon County Council for over four years in KS1, KS2 and now KS3 education and have been acting professionally for over seven years appearing in Hollywood films, TV productions for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 as well numerous theatre productions across the country. I have a degree in media production so I’m hoping my background of writing articles will come in handy for the community.

Peter and AMax at the zoo

My name is Peter Montgomery. I look after the mailing list for the choir. The choir is always looking for members. Details on our page. I also post material on the website. The web-site needs content. If you have anything, or any ideas, send them to me. I also look for people to provide music at NCA events: if you are a Newtown musician do drop me a line.

I live near the park with Jacky and our son Max. Contact me at, or on 07946 637 782

Mystery Girls

Mystery Girls

This picture has been hanging in the hut for a few years. Nobody knew where it came from, who the girls were or whether there was any Newtown connection.

Following an investigation, resident Pat Lenton of Chute Street was able to name one of the girls . The smallest child's name was Miss Pyllis Butt (she never married). Apparently she fell in love with a soldier who was killed in the war; she never saw another man after that. She was a fire watcher in the war and a very charming lady despite the picture making her look grumpy (she said she didn't want to have her picture taken that day but was forced into it!!)

We discovered that Phyllis was born in 1915 in the Tiverton area and subsequently lived in Chute Street. She died in 2009. She had three older sisters, Viney Mabel Butt (1907-1995), Evelyn Hannah L. Butt (1909-1973), and Ruby M Butt (1912-1994). We assume that these are the girls in the picture and guess that dates the photo to the early 1920's. The 1911 census shows that the two oldest girls and their parents, Water and Emily Mary lived at South View in Cadeleigh, near Tiverton. This was described as a 5 room cottage. I think it is likely that the building in the photo is from the Tiverton area.