July Newsletter - The Newtown Community Association


July Newsletter - The Newtown Community Association

MERRY GO ABSEILMerry Go Round Toy Libraries are looking to raise much needed funds when they take part inan abseil from the 20 metre tower at the new Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre onSaturday 13th July.The charity runs two toy libraries, Carousel at West Exe Children's Centre, and Merry GoRound at Exeter Scrapstore in Belmont Park. During sessions, children can try out toys,including inclusive and multicultural ones, before choosing some to take home. They have awide selection of good quality toys,games and resource books forchildren of all ages, and staff arehappy to offer help and advice aboutmeeting the needs of individualchildren. Members include families,grandparents, childminders andchildcare groups, all are welcome.In the current economic climate anyopportunity to raise money to enablethe libraries to stay in operation iswelcome, and therefore theopportunity to abseil the newclimbing tower was one not to bemissed.Run on a day-to-day basis by ExeterCollege, the New Haven BanksOutdoor Education Centre has beenbuilt and paid for by Devon CountyCouncil and is the biggest singlesum to be allocated from theproceeds of the sale of ExeterAirport.Haven Banks offers a variety of water and land-based outdoor and adventurous activityopportunities providing a contemporary hub for outdoor activities for young people and adultsfrom Exeter, Devon and across the region. The Centre offers an innovative approach to outdooreducation, training and recreation. Facilities include extensive changing rooms, training,conferencing & meeting rooms and equipment stores. Not to mention the new 22 metre iconic“Tower”, climbing wall enclosure and artificial cave system. There really is adventure availableto all.Merry Go Round Toy Libraries fund raisers will be carrying out their abseils between 11am and2pm. Come along and support them, with the rowing regatta out on the river, there is plenty tosee and do for all the family. For more information visit http://mgrtoylibrary.org

The GlobeSo, what’s been happening at The Globe? Some ofyou may have noticed that there has been a lot ofactivity focused on the outside of the building inrecent weeks. The scaffold is now down and TheGlobe looks a picture. Thanks for everyone’s patiencewhile the scaffolding was up, we hope you all think itwas worth it. Looking back the Exeter Respectweekend went off with a bang and we would like tothank everyone, Newton, or not, that came down andsupported our beer and cider festival and gotinvolved. The music proved to be a hit withNewtown’s very own Andy Watts going down a stormon the Friday night, followed by the extremely wellsupportedAsprey, Billings and Ewart on the Saturday.The bit everyone has been waiting for, including us,is now firmly forging forwards - The Kitchen is now on the final push and we promise, not justhope, we will have food up and running by the end of July or in the first week of August. Wehave not been sitting idly by waiting for the building work to be done, far from it. We’ve beenworking hard to source some great local suppliers. These include The Real Food Store,West Town Farm, Shillingford Organics, The Exploding Bakery, Forrest Foods to name buta few. We have also become involved In Slow Food Devon in recent weeks, as it seems tofit perfectly with our values on sourcing and enjoying the simple things in life- good food anddrink in great company!Live music is continuing to be a strong point for The Globe and we have an exciting line upfor July and August, following a slight lull after the Respect Festival. Thursdays continue tobe popular with our Globe Sessions Open Mic night, as do the recently formed Irish Sessionsthat run every third Wednesday of the month. We are planning to expand the monthly andbi-weekly sessions style nights in the coming months, with talk of blues, jazz and possibly abit of funk and soul for good measure.As always we would like to thank the local community for their ongoing support andpatronage, and patience with the kitchen refit. We always look forward to welcoming one andall to stay a while…Follow what we’re doing on Facebook: ExeterGlobe/TheGlobeand on Twitter: @ExeterGlobe/#stayawhile

SEWMUCHFUN….COMING TO A PARKNEAR YOUSewmuchfun.....coming to a park near you!Christine Whittemore owner of Sewmuchfun, justrecently opened in Gandy Street, is bringing funsewing activities for children to Exeter parks overthe summer holidays.Children will get to make and decorate somebunting, great to hang in their rooms or favouritegarden den! Christine says “this is such a greatactivity for all age groups to join in and it’s alsogreat to be supporting a children’s charity alongthe way!”A voluntary contribution of £1.50 per child will bedonated to the South West children’s hospice,‘Little bridge House’Christine told Newtown News, “It’s great that wewill be having local families and communitiesraising money for this local charity that does sucha wonderful job of offering care to families withchildren that have an illness that means they won’treach adult life”Please come along and support this great charityat:Digby Park - 4th August 3-6pmBelmont Park 7th August 12-3pmHeavitree Pleasure Ground 15th August10.30am - 3.30pmEDITORIALWhat a busy and successful time it hasbeen in Newtown. June saw a record crowdat the Respect Festival in the park, and onthe same weekend there was great successat The Globe’s beer and cider festival. Aweek later around 100 people attended theArt and Music Cafe at the park hosted byNCA in support with Exeter Scrapstore.There is so much going on at the moment,and it is going to continue with a Newtownhistory cafe and new history guided walkaround the area on Sunday 11 August.After a number of months the waiting couldat last be soon over for the new sign for thesensory garden. We hope to be able toprovide more information next month. Anew re-aligned path leading from BlackboyRoad to the garden has just beenconstructed, replacing the old path whichwas in need of repair and frequently flooded.A photograph of the new path is on thefinal page of this edition.

Fresh Decorating ServicesFresh is run by James Hewson who has lived in Newtown with his partner Rachael since 2004and have a a 21 month old daughter called Maiya. James has been decorating for over 5years and the company offers the following services:Interior painting and decoratingInterior wallcoverings including lining paper, wallpaper, photo murals,wall transfersKitchen refurbishmentSingle rooms to full refurbishment of large propertiesExterior painting and decoratingExterior timber staining, including decking and fencingInterior design service available for larger projectsProject management including additional trades organised if requiredFresh has recently offered it’s services for free for a community project based within the areawhere our offices are based. Fresh has offered our labour for free for the project and hope toinvolve Dulux through their community paint scheme to supply some of the necessary materials.“The current Belmont Hut is a fantastic resource for the local community, we used it recentlyfor our daughter’s first birthday. The redeveloped building will further enhance the park andenable a wider range of events to be held there. Having a central place where a communitycan meet / use is essential for building relationships and community atmosphere. Fresh ishappy to offer it’s decorating services to help the project. By doing this hopefully any sparefinances can be redirected towards other aspects of the build that may lack funding.”James Hewson, Fresh

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