Newtown and St Leonards Community Builder Newlsetter

Click here to download the January/February 2021 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!

Summer Sunday Musical Cafe

Come and meet fellow community members & neighbours in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Tea and cakes and live music!

Exeter Streets

Exeter City Council and Devon County Council want to support Newtown to become greener, healthier and a more attractive place to live. We want residents to give us their views on their local streets and tell us what they feel works well and what could be improved

Survey closes on the 30th April, so only a couple of days left to have your say!!

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.

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 265 000.

Exeter City Living Project Survey

Closed 13th of August 2020

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 2020

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.

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.