Newtown Community Centre Closure

In response to the latest Government announcement, unfortunately we are required to temporarily close the Centre with immediate effect. Stay Safe, look after each other and we look forward to welcoming you all back when restrictions allow.

Covid Update – January 2021

Tier 3 has brought some new restrictions for us all, however, as we are a Covid Secure space we remain open and are permitted to take bookings for the following activities:
  • Registered childcare, education or training
  • Supervised activities provided for children & young people
  • Children’s playgroups, parent & toddler groups (15 people max)
  • Individual practice/rehearsal
To discuss a booking or for more information please email us at

A sign of new beginnings on the horizon

With sympathy

It is with sorrow that we mark the recent sudden death of Judy Pattison. Judy moved from Camden to live in a flat in Cleveland Court, just by Belmont Park. She quickly got involved with the Newtown community, and became a Trustee of NCA, later standing down when she was elected as Councillor for Mincinglake and Whipton, though she continued to be interested. We will miss her enthusiasm and good sense. Our sympathies are with her friends, and especially everyone at Cleveland Court.

Covid Update – the Community Centre is open

Newtown Community Centre reopened on 14th September, we would like to extend our thanks to Exeter City Council for the Community Action Grant. The Grant has enabled us to purchase vital PPE & Covid-19 specific cleaning products necessary to ensure that the Centre meets Covid secure guidelines. Our priority is to ensure that we can provide a safe space for all our users, with this in mind we will continue to review the situation. Many of our regular groups have returned, and it is great to see the Community Centre being used again.

At present, we are not opening the loft room, and the kitchen is not available either. Please see the bookings page for more information.

IMPORTANT for all users – only the organiser of each event should enter by the front door. Everyone else (except those who need the disabled access) should use the French doors on the verandah side to enter and leave the room where the event is being held.

NCA Annual General Meeting 2020

Newtown Community Association (Exeter, Devon) held its Annual General Meeting online by Zoom on Monday 21 September 2020. You can find the minutes and the Annual Report & Accounts for 2019 on the Committee page. Thanks to all those who joined the meeting. We hope that the 2020 AGM will be much earlier in the year!

Volunteers needed!

NCA needs new Trustees. The roles on the management committee where we really need help are:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Website and social media
  • NCA activities and event organisation

A summary of the roles is attached. If you think you can contribute in any of these ways, or others and would be willing to stand as a Trustee, please email a short CV to and indicate which roles you think you could contribute to.

Exeter City Living Project Survey

Closes 13th of August

In connection with the Clifton Hill Development, and in addition to various contributions already made via other channels, Exeter City Living are making a further contribution to the Newtown Community via support of a project of our choosing. One of the two options is an upgrade to the lighting in Belmont Park, which Newtown residents will know is something for which the community association and our local councillors have been campaigning for some time.

The picture below is of some of the unanimously supportive comments made by people attending our Winter Warmer event.

Exeter City Living have put up a survey asking people to choose the project they favour and for any other supporting input you may have. This closes on the 13th of August

Whether you are supportive of the lighting upgrade, or of the alternative option of work on the greenspace behind the new development, please do take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire.

We are seeking a new chairperson

Newtown Community Association (NCA) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed person to lead its Board of Trustees into an exciting new phase.

The Association has a brand new community centre at the heart of Newtown and is seeking to develop its use for the benefit of the vibrant local community. Could you be the person to help us achieve our vision?

If you feel you my have the attributes for such a role please email and a job description and NCA’s Constitution will be sent to you.

The Chairperson would normally take over at the AGM but this has been postponed due to the pandemic.  We hope to recruit the right person within the next two months to enable a smooth hand over.

Applications from potential co-Chairs will be considered.

Newtown Community Centre is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that exists to benefit the residents of Newtown, Exeter.

Do you need help or someone to talk to?

Or are you able to offer help to a neighbour in Newtown?


…for example with dog walking, shopping, prescription collection,…

If so, please get in touch with Jayne, Su and Rory, at:


You can also reach Exeter Community Wellbeing on 01392 265000.

The latest edition of the Newtown and St Lenoards Community Builder newsletter can be downloaded from the links below. It contains a lot of useful information and links.

(Some people have reported problems with the links embedded in the PDF version. If you have trouble, try downloading the Word version instead.)

Newtown and St Leonards Community Information April 2020 (PDF Version)
Newtown and St Leonards Community Information April 2020 (Word Version)

Corona Virus (COVID-19) : Newtown Community Centre Closure

Due to rapidly changing circumstances and the importance of social distancing we have decided we must close the Newtown Community Centre until further notice.

The centre will be closed to the public from the afternoon of Friday 20th March.

Most groups have already cancelled or postponed their bookings. If you have an imminent booking please contact as soon as possible. You can also text the bookings number on 07847 229 194.

Please note that your access code or key fob will no longer open the door. If you require access to your storage please contact us by email or text as above.

The NCA is looking at ways that the centre can safely be used to support the community in these dramatic times. Watch this space for further information.

Exeter City Council is acting as an umbrella organisation for all support efforts. You can join the their update group to be kept informed or get involved:

For current Corona information please check the following pages:


Government Response:

The Old Hut Has Left the Park

Hut 15 now finally demolished in Belmont Park.  The old timber clad temporary wartime barracks building was built in 1943 and was subsequently used in the years after the war by Exeter College as a classroom, there are residents of Newtown who remember being taught in it.  In 1988 it was adopted by Newtown Community Association as a community space used by local groups and for children parties.  It also provided the focus for many community events including regular Sunday afternoon social cafes, food festivals and as headquarters for the Respect Festival.  In 2014 it was decorated with the 50metre long commemorative bunting hand made by members of Newtown and the wider Exeter community to remember those members of Newtown who gave their lives in the 1st WW.  With the successful building of the new Newtown Community Centre to continue in the same tradition, the old building has had to be demolished but, excitingly, its days are not yet over!

The building has been sympathetically demolished so that it can be rebuilt in Silveridge Wood near Kingsbridge where it will provide a classroom and facilities for the Silveridge Wood Heritage Skills charity.  The charity aims to provide a ‘living museum’ that celebrates the traditional skills of craftsmen and women that have existed in the communities around the South Hams and offer opportunities for those who are interested to learn those skills too.  The absolute minimum has gone to waste, even the old storage heaters have been re-used by an arts project in Exeter, and bricks from the base reclaimed.

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Welcome to Newtown Community Association

The objectives of the Association are to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Newtown, Exeter. This is without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, nationality, age, disability, race or of political, religious or other opinions. We endeavour to do this in association with Newtown’s inhabitants, with the statutory authorities and with voluntary and other organisations. We seek to advance education and to provide facilities, in the interests of social welfare, recreation and leisure, with the object of improving the conditions of Newtown’s inhabitants.

We are a UK registered charity, number 1173331. Find us at by entering our number in the “Search of Regular Charities” box.

Newtown and St Leonards Community Builder Newlsetter

Click here to download the January edition of Community Builder newsletter for Newtown and St Leonards.

Written and compiled by our Community Builder, Jayne Leaver, who is on Facebook @CBnewtownstleonards, the newsletter is issued every couple of months. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future copies please drop Jayne a line at

There’s loads a good local information in there. Take a look!



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