Buckland Play Leader
20 October 2014
Buckland & Milber Community Centre are now recruiting for a Play Worker. You can find out more by clicking here.
2013/14 Annual Report
27 May 2014
The 2013/14 Annual Report for Newton Abbot CIC is now avaliable online by clicking here.
New Face at CIC
12 February 2014
There is a new face at Buckland and Milber Community Centre. Her name is Fran Bennett and she is the new Activities Co-ordinator based at the Centre. Fran is a local girl, she was brought up and went to school in Newton Abbot. She lives in the area and has children at local schools.
She is taking on a brand new role and is keen to have your input and ideas. She will be based at the Community Centre and will work Mondays and Tuesdays. Her main responsibility is to develop new groups and activities at the Centre for the residents of Buckland and Milber. Fran is keen to hear your ideas for new groups and activities you would like. Some of her ideas so far include a Community Choir, a reading group and exercise and dance classes. There is already an exciting over 55’s group, the Mayflower Group which puts on a range of activities including lunches, coffee mornings and Bingo.
There will now be trips running from the centre once a month. If you would be interested in these please contact Fran preferably by E mail so she can send you a list of dates and places. The trips will be going from and returning to the Community Centre and will generally run from 9.15pm – 3pm, so no problem with the school run. There will be the occasional evening trip, maybe to the Bingo or a theatre trip.
Fran says “This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I am very keen to be up and running. There is a wonderful group of committed residents who work hard for the centre and the community who I am keen to work with and support. The Community Centre is a wonder place, perfect for family parties and meetings. I really want to hear from the people of Buckland with their ideas on what activities they would like me to try and organise”.
Fran’s post is funded by HealthContact through the Health Lottery, via a grant secured by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. Lynn McElheron chair of the CIC commented that “we are delighted to welcome Fran to the CIC team and look forward to working with the people of Buckland to develop an exciting range of activities for the community”.
Contact details for Fran are 01626 206690, mobile 07913882525, E mail email@example.com.
Newton Abbot Town Council to prepare Neighbourhood Plan
29 January 2014
Newton Abbot Community Interest Company is working with Newton Abbot Town Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the town of Newton Abbot.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development of an area. The Plan will deal with issues such as employment, transport, heritage and housing. The Neighbourhood Plan will take up the key themes and objectives of the Newton Abbot and District Strategic Community Plan published in 2008. Unlike the Community Plan, if approved at a public referendum in 2015, the Plan will become part of the statutory planning framework for the town.
The Mayor of Newton Abbot Councillor Louise Cooke explained that "The Town Council has agreed to take the initiative and lead the Neighbourhood Planning process, but recoginses that it will only gain local public confidence if it reflects local wishes and includes what is important to those who have an interest in the future of our town”.
Funding Boost for Buckland Community
02 December 2013
The Buckland community in Newton Abbot is to benefit from a grant from money raised by HealthContact.
Newton Abbot Community Interest Company has secured a grant of £46,680 from HealthContact through the Health Lottery. The funding will be used to employ a Worker to develop new groups and activities within the Buckland community.
The funding will be targeted at activities which promote health and well-being, and could include anything from fitness classes, adult education and hobby groups. The funding will also be available to provide outings and events
The first task for the new Worker will be to identify the types of groups and activities that people living in Buckland would like to take part in.
Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot CIC commented that “ the CIC is delighted to have received this grant from HealthContact through the Health Lottery. The funding will directly benefit local residents and existing groups within the Buckland community”. This grant is part of a package of project-work that Newton Abbot CIC is currently involved with in the Buckland area, and we hope it represents the start of an exciting journey for the people of Buckland”.
Newton Abbot CIC would like to hear from anybody who has ideas and suggestions for the Project. Contact Emily Farrell on 07948 216105.
Time For a Make-Over
14 November 2013
Buckland and Milber Community Centre is to under-go a facelift next week thanks to a team of volunteers from the Halifax. The main hall at the Centre will be painted by the team all of whom are Senior Managers drawn from Areas across the South West & Wales. Cris Taylor from the Halifax in Devon commented that “We are really proud of our involvement in local projects, it is important that Halifax colleagues in Devon give something back to the communities that we live and work in”.
The materials for the painting day have been sponsored by Newton Abbot & District Rotary Club, the Halifax, Brewers Paint Store and the Firewatch Group.
Councillor Mike Ryan chair of the Buckland & Milber Community Association commented that “we are very pleased that Halifax has provided a team of volunteers to paint the main hall at the Centre, and are very grateful to those who have supported the day by donating materials. This is the first step in a number of improvements we are planning to the building”.
The facelift of the main hall is part of a programme of works to enhance and improve the facilities on offer at the Centre and make the Centre more widely available as a venue to hire for meetings, parties, wedding receptions and business functions.
Buckland & Milber Community Association who manage the building have recently partnered with Newton Abbot Community Interest Company who are helping the Association with the management of the building. Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company commented that “the CIC aims to support the Association in encouraging more active use of the building, and developing the range of activities and events on offer at the Centre. We are delighted to be working with BMCA to support them in the management of the Centre”.
If you would be interested in hiring the Centre or would like to view the facilities on offer please contact Sue Foster on (01626) 438575
Annual Report Published
11 September 2013
The 2012/13 Annual Report for Newton Abbot CIC can be downloaded by clicking here.
Great Response to the Buckland Garden Design Competition
29 July 2013
Newton Abbot Community Interest Company has been delighted by the response to the Buckland Garden Design Competition which has run as part of the Garden Competition on the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot. The judges received more than 100 entries to the design competition and selecting the winners has proved to be a tough decision.
The competition asked young people in different age groups to design their perfect garden. Emily Farrell, Business Manager at Newton Abbot CIC commented that “The judges were impressed by the imagination and creativity of the entries received which included features such as swimming pools, chocolate fountains and outdoor gyms”.
The judges of the competition were (pictured left- right) Wendy Louise; Learning Assistant at Haytor View Community Primary School, Mick Gentile; local resident, Quentin O’Gorman; Creative Director, Q-ball Media Limited, Emily Farrell from the CIC and Sarah Dumont from Fermoys Garden Centre”.
Quentin O’Gorman from local graphic design company Q-ball media commented that “It was a pleasure viewing all of the children’s work at Haytor View Community Primary School. The drawing and level of understand towards the project was at a high standard and it was clear that the children had a great time creating their dream garden with some innovative ideas. Well done to all the children involved. Q-ball media work with lots of local organisations and were proud to support this competition”.
All the entries and winners were pupils at Haytor View Community Primary School. The winners of the competition were
Seahorse Nursery Winner - Skye Dymond
Starfish Nursery Winner - Ella White
Year 1/2 Stingray Class - 1st Prize Keira Dixon
Year 1/2 Stingray Class - Joint 2nd Prize Paris Trott
Year 1/2 Stingray Class - Joint 2nd Prize Rheannon Smail
Year 3/4 - 1st Prize Callum Robson
Year 3/4 - 2nd Prize Maddie Webb
Year 3/4 - 3rd Prize Amy Moore
Year 4/5 - 1st Prize Bethany Manning
Year 4/5 - 2nd Prize Jaimee Stuz
Year 4/5 - 3rd Prize Maddie Manning
Year 5/6 - 1st Prize Matt Hadley
Year 5/6 - 2nd Prize Chloe Cude
Year 5/6 - 3rd Prize Jordan Tye
Image below shows design by Amy Moore Year 3/4 3rd Prize winner.
Pictured are year 4/5 winners with their designs (left to right) Jaimee Stuz, Maddie Manning and Bethany Manning. The prizes for the competition were donated by Fermoys Garden Centre and Centrax Limited.
The competition was run as part of the Buckland Garden Competition which has encouraged residents to enter their front gardens in a competition to find the most attractive and most transformed gardens on the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot. The Front Garden competition will be judged at the end of August. Sunflower seeds have also been given to young people on the estate and the search is on to find the tallest sunflower grown by a local young person from Buckland.
Our Buckland Film Project returns to the cinema
22 July 2013
Newton Abbot’s Alexandra Cinema again played host to pupils from Haytor View Primary School this week when two more of their films were premiered on the big screen. The films have been produced as part of the ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ project which is supported by a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘All Our Stories’ programme. One film featured interviews with residents on the Buckland estate about what life used to be like whilst the other focused on Newton Abbot.
Emily Farrell Business Manager with Newton Abbot CIC commented that “these films represent the culmination of a year of hard work by pupils from Haytor View Community Primary School. The CIC is delighted to have been able to support the journey of the filmmakers through the three films which have been produced and we look forward to continuing to work with the School on other projects in the future”.
Members of the community have been actively involved in the film-making process. Local resident George Thomas commented that “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Film Project with the Schoolchildren. The latest films were excellent and I look forward to working on more films in the future”.
All Our Stories, a small grant programme, launched in 2012 in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – was designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups have been able to carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
Series presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Buckland have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past.”
The Project has also received funding from Sure Start, Devon County Council and the Helen Foundation.
Scott Hampton Deputy Head from Haytor View Primary School commented that “The Our Buckland project continues! We are pleased that not only has the children’s learning been supported by their filmmaking this year, but also their awareness and pride in both their immediate and wider community. They have enjoyed using up to the minute technology and skills to present three engaging and relevant films that really effectively share their perspectives – the children and the members of the wider school community feel very proud of their achievements and the meaningful manner in which they have engaged with those around them.”
The second film features some historical footage recorded by members of the community, including footage of the opening of Buckland Paddling Pool. Barry Hunter who runs a small video company with his wife offered the film of the opening of the Buckland Swimming Pool after seeing the article in the Mid Devon Advertiser last November. Barry has been helping the School produce and edit the two latest films.
Copies of all three films will shortly be available via the Facebook page which includes news and other information about the Project. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ourfilm2013
Local Schoolchildren visit Teignbridge Council Chamber
04 July 2013
Pupils from local Primary Schools met recently with the Leader of Teignbridge District Council and Councillor David Cox to discuss their concerns about Newton Abbot and the surrounding area.
The children included Year 6 pupils from local Primary Schools and Year 7 pupils from Combeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College. The pupils are all members of the Newton Abbot Schools Council.
The Schools Council was established to teach young people about politics and democracy on a local level and to help foster collaborative relationships between schools in Newton Abbot. The idea behind the council came from a group of Headteachers from primary and secondary schools wanting to give young people a greater voice in the locality. The council has been led by Coombeshead Academy and has received excellent support from Anne Marie Morris, MP and Councillor Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council.
The meeting was held in the Council Chamber at Teignbridge District Council where the pupils learnt about how decisions are made at a District level. The visit was part of a programme of visits to learn about politics. The pupils have already visited the Houses of Parliament and will soon be learning about decision making at Newton Abbot Town Council.
The visit was organised by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. Emily Farrell, Business Manager from Newton Abbot CIC commented that ‘The aim of this event was to give local Schoolchildren an opportunity to learn more about how local politics works at district-level. The pupils who attended were enthusiastic and happy to contribute their thoughts and ideas about Newton Abbot. We hope to arrange further meetings with Officers from the District Council to take-forward some of their thoughts and ideas, particularly around anti-social behaviour and graffiti’.
Councillor Jeremy Christophers Teignbridge District Council Leader said ‘We were delighted to receive the Newton Abbot Learning Community Student Council in to see how Teignbridge District Council organise things locally. It was a really enjoyable afternoon with a great age range of students coming into the Council where a lot of important decisions are made which affect residents in Teignbridge. We had a broad ranging conversation following an excellent presentation from Emily Farrell. The debate centred on anti-social behaviour, graffiti, dog fouling, bullying and this type of thing. The students that came in felt that it was the topic that most affected their lives most often. With that in mind, we are looking to do a further piece of work where they speak to the officers responsible for addressing the issues they had concerns about. We are very much looking forward to continuing the conversation with this talented group of youngsters to see if we can find some tangible solutions in the future. I hope that the results will deliver positive outcomes, not just for them but for the people that they represent.’
Serena Evans Assistant Headteacher at Combeshead Academy commented that 'The Newton Abbot Schools Council have had the opportunity to meet on four occasions. The young people have a mature vision of the improvements they would like to see within Newton Abbot and were able to articulate these well to the Leader of Teignbridge Council. The visit was a perfect chance for the group to both share their views and learn how district councils support the local community.'
Work continues on the Buckland Film Project
04 June 2013
Following the premiere of the first ‘Our Buckland’ Film at the Alexandra Cinema in April, work is continuing on further films about life in Buckland and beyond.
The first film featured members of the local community and Year 4 and 5 pupils from Haytor View Community Primary School. It features interviews and commentary about life on the Buckland estate through the eyes of the Schoolchildren. There will be another opportunity to see the film at a red carpet event at the School on Tuesday 12th June 2013 at 5.30pm. This will be a chance for those involved in the film to celebrate their achievements and hear more about future plans for the Project.
The School is already working on two further films. The first will feature members of the local community and focuses on ‘life‘ on the Buckland estate through the years – including the historical development of Buckland, education, transport and community facilities. The second looks more broadly at Newton Abbot in the present day.
Emily Farrell Business Manager at Newton Abbot CIC commented that “the on-going work on the Buckland Film Project demonstrates the enthusiasm of those involved in the Project, particularly the children. We hope that the films will be premiered at the Alexandra Cinema before the end of the Summer Term”.
Scott Hampton, Deputy Head at Haytor View Community Primary School commented that “ The enthusiasm fostered by the premiere of the first film about Buckland is driving further celebrations as well as the production of further films. We are celebrating the release of the official ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ DVD together with children, parents and members of the local community on the 12th June when we are looking forward to a second viewing of the movie, along with photos of the premiere and the BBC Radio Devon interview broadcast in the build up. We are also hoping to get a glimpse of the new films under production. This film making project could run and run, there’s so much scope for learning and for fun!”
Garden Competition for the Buckland estate
14 May 2013
A new garden competition is to be launched for residents of the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot. The competition will offer prizes for the winners of several categories including ‘the most transformed front garden’ and ‘the most colourful front garden’.
The competition is being run by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company and is open to anyone who lives on the Buckland estate. Lynn McElheron Chair of the CIC commented that “we are keen to get as many residents as possible involved with the competition, including children. This is a great opportunity for the residents of Buckland to show-off their gardening skills or to try something new”.
Alongside the front garden competition, children will be invited to take part by entering competitions to grow the tallest sunflower and design their perfect garden.
The competition is designed to add further colour to the estate, and the CIC is encouraging everyone to get involved. The CIC is offering help to those who cannot manage their own garden and to those who need clutter removed before they can ‘get growing’. Teign Housing is also hoping to provide community plots of land on the estate for those who do not have their own garden.
Prizes have been donated by local garden centres including Trago Mills, Fermoys and Plant World. The competition is sponsored by Centrax and supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, Teign Housing, Surestart, Sutton Seeds and Haytor View Community Primary School.
To find out more you can pop along to Buckland Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 between 5.00pm and 8.00pm. There will be experts on-hand to answer any questions you may have, there will be free seeds to get you started and free refreshments will be available.
If you would like to find out more but are unable to come along on the 22nd, you can visit www.newtonabbotcic.org.uk or call (01626) 215917 for further information. Please note you will need to register to take part in the competition. Registration opens on 22nd May and closes on the 19th June. The competition will be judged by the RHS at the end of August.
Plans for Golden Lion Square unveiled
16 April 2013
Plans have been unveiled for the regeneration of Golden Lion Square in Newton Abbot.
Following extensive public consultation, LSN Architects have drawn up plans for the Square that will include new seating and planting as well as a small performance area. The plans reflect many of the ideas and comments made during the public consultation process.
The regeneration of the Square will be project managed by Newton Abbot Community Trust. The Trust is now looking to raise £200,000 to pay for the planned works. Potential sources of grant funding are being investigated, but the Trust is also asking local residents, business and community groups to consider sponsoring a feature within the Square – such as a paver, bench or planting. Donations can be made in memoriam if desired.
You can view an artists impression of the Square by clicking here, or view an aerial view plan by clicking here. To download a copy of the support form click here. For more information, to make a comment on the plans or to find out more about how you can help, please call (01626) 215917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film made by pupils from local Primary School to be premiered at the Alexandra Cinema
20 March 2013
The red carpet will be rolled out in Newton Abbot next week as a film produced and edited by pupils at Haytor View Community Primary School will be premiered at the Alexandra Cinema on Wednesday 27th March.
The Film captures life on the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot, and records memories of those who live and work on the estate, as well as the perceptions of their estate from the eyes of the children involved. The film has been filmed and edited by Year 4 and 5 pupils at Haytor View Primary School, with support from educational consultancy Bryanston Square and South Devon College.
The ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the All Our Stories Programme. The Project has also attracted funding from Devon County Council and Surestart.
‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ is a partnership between Haytor View Primary School, Newton Abbot Community Interest Company and Surestart. Scott Hampton, Deputy Head at Haytor View Primary School commented that ‘This project has really fired the imagination of our children, as well as supporting their growing awareness of the importance and depth of the community of which they are a part. Filming elements of life as part of the Buckland community that are close to them using tools that are current and relevant to their lives has seen them begin the journey from consumers of technology to producers and creators using technology. The children are thrilled at the prospect of seeing their film in a setting more accustomed to showing Hollywood blockbusters. We are convinced that everyone who shares in this cinematic experience will recognise the richness and importance of the community in which they play a part.’
Emily Farrell Business Manager at Newton Abbot Community Interest Company said that ‘we have enjoyed working with Haytor View Primary School on the Film Project, and have been impressed by the way in which the Film has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the children involved in making the film. The 27th March represents an exciting day both for those involved in the Project and the wider community’.
Educational consultants Bryanston Square have been working closely with the pupils on the Project. Sofia Alexandrache commented that ‘We’ve really enjoyed working with the pupils at Haytor View and are enormously encouraged by what they’ve achieved. We hope this project will prompt members of the local community to continue their involvement with Haytor View Community Primary School while making the students digitally literate, improve their self confidence and demonstrate the talent bursting out of Haytor View’.
Buckland Film Project reaches next stage
25 February 2013
The Buckland Film Project has reached another milestone this week, with members of the community invited into Haytor View Primary School to share their memories of life on the Buckland estate over the years.
The Schoolchildren are now fully competent in using the cameras, and have been capturing their own footage of life on the estate.
The film will be edited over the next few weeks, and will be premiered at the Alexandra Cinema at the end of March.
The ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the All Our Stories Programme. The funding has enabled the purchase of ipod cameras for the School, which will be used to collect the footage for this film. The cameras will be kept by the School and future films capturing life on the Buckland estate are already been planned.
The Project has attracted additional funding since it got underway. Devon County Council via Councillor Gordon Hook. Councillor Hook commented that “Our history, our culture teaches us so much about ourselves and others. I loved history as a child, it was always a favourite subject, but was not taught in this imaginative, lively way. If we don't learn from our history, what do we learn from? The children who have participated in this quite outstanding project will have gained much local knowledge away from the classroom, and shared in an experience which will hopefully benefit them forever. I like the way this project links history to modern technology and I am delighted to have been able to assist with funding. I am very much looking forward to seeing the finished product, and I anticipate many residents are also."
‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ is a partnership between Haytor View Primary School, Newton Abbot Community Interest Company and Surestart. Emily Farrell the CIC’s Business Manager commented that “we are delighted by the progress that the Film Project has made in recent weeks. The schoolchildren have been really enthusiastic about the Project and have quickly learnt how to use the cameras and edit the film footage. The premiere at the end of March will be an exciting event both for the schoolchildren, the team behind the Project and the wider community”.
There is still an opportunity for members of the community to get involved in the Project. To find out more visit www.facebook.com/ourfilm2013 or contact Emily Farrell on (01626) 215917.
Our Buckland, Our Film
07 February 2013
Newton Abbot CIC is delighted to be working with Haytor View Primary School and Surestart on the Buckland Film Project. You can find out more about this exciting Project by visiting the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ourfilm2013
Annual Report Published
28 November 2012
You can download a copy of our Annual Report for 2011/12 by clicking here.
Grant for Buckland Film Project
22 November 2012
Newton Abbot Community Interest Company is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. The funding is for the ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ Project in Newton Abbot. The Project is led by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company, Haytor View Primary School and Sure Start. The team have been awarded £10,000 from HLF to produce a film about life on the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot. The film will be premiered at a local cinema in the autumn of 2013, and will be produced and edited by pupils from Haytor View Primary School.
All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.
The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’, is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. The film-making will enable children on the estate to learn about their local history, but also to gain experience of making a film. Local residents and those with long-standing family connections with the estate will also be encouraged to take-part.
TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of the Buckland estate have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”
Commenting on the award, Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot CIC commented that “we are delighted to be working with Haytor View Primary School and Sure Start on the Our Buckland, Our Film Project. The Project represents an exciting opportunity for those living and working on the estate, and we hope people will be keen to take part”. Scott Hampton, Deputy Head at Haytor View Community Primary School added that “This is a project that will seek to engage the whole community, young and older, residents and visitors alike. We are confident that this grant will signal the creation of a series of films and encourage film makers from across the community to recognise the value and heritage of their immediate locality.” Tim Collins Service Manager from the Teignbridge Sure Start Children’s Centres, commented that “This is a great opportunity for the children, families and wider community to really showcase the heart of Buckland and present a true picture of this vibrant and caring community.”
Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the ‘Our Buckland, Our Film’ Project as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”
Plans for Golden Lion Square to be unveiled
02 October 2012
Plans for the regeneration of Golden Lion Square will shortly be unveiled. Watch this space for an exciting opportunity to get involved in the regeneration plans!
Community Forum meeting
25 September 2012
Newton Abbot CIC recently held another very interesting and informative Community Forum on Tuesday 25th September at the Avenue Methodist Church in Newton Abbot.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Paul Haigney. Paul is a prominent local businessman who founded Pasta King on the Millber Industrial Estate, and is now involved in a variety of ventures, including being a partner at EOS Consulting, and running Papaya (South) Ltd. He spoke about his experiences in setting up Pasta King and related these to similar challenges that other businesses in Teignbridge might be experiencing at the present time. Paul was also joined by Naomi Harnett from Teignbridge District Council who gave an introduction to the draft Economic Development Delivery Plan and Susan King from Opportunity Plus South West who gave a short talk on the services they can offer to the Community of Teignbridge. There followed an opportunity for questions and debate from the audience.
Next Community Forum meeting
10 September 2012
We are delighted to announce that our next Community Forum meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th September at 7.30pm at the Avenue Methodist Church in Newton Abbot.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Paul Haigney. Paul is a prominent local businessesman who founded Pasta King on the Millber Industrial Estate, and is now involved in a variety of ventures, including being a partner at EOS Consulting, and running Papaya (South) Ltd. Paul is also an Investment Board member of Teignbridge District Council and Vice Chair of the Governors of South Devon College. He describes himself as an “active investor, entrepreneur and business mentor with strong relationships in the community”. Paul will be speaking on ‘the challenges for businesses in Teignbridge at the present time’, and will be joined by Naomi Harnett from Teignbridge District Council who will give an introduction to the draft Economic Development Delivery Plan recently published by Teignbridge District Council. You can view the draft Delivery Plan by clicking here. There will also be an opportunity for questions and debate from the audience.
All welcome. This is a free event.
Newton Abbot Fringe Festival
18 July 2012
A Jubilee celebration performance by a choir of local School Children,marked the start of the Newton Abbot Fringe Festival, a month of performances in Newton Abbot town centre on Saturdays in June.
The Fringe Festival gave local musicians and singers the opportunity to perform at various locations around the town centre. Many acts took part in the Festival; Kagemusha Taiko, Sean Smith, Gidleys Turn, Pip Annings, David Bailey (guitar & singer), Anna Todd, Chordettes, Spectrum and Glorious Chorus
The Fringe Festival was co-ordinated by Newton Abbot Town Council and Newton Abbot Community Interest Company.
Glorious Chorus performing at the Fringe Festival
Latest Newsletter Published
26 June 2012
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Community Forum meeting
11 June 2012
Newton Abbot CIC held their recent Community Forum meeting on Tuesday 26th June 2012, at the Avenue Church in Newton Abbot. The theme for the evening was Neighbourhood Planning. The evening began with a presentation on Neighbourhood Planning followed by an opportunity to share experiences of Neighbourhood Planning so far.
The next Community Forum will be on Tuesday 25th September at 7.30pm at the Avenue Church, Newton Abbot. Further details will be available on the website nearer the date.
Notice of Newton Abbot CIC AGM
11 June 2012
Newton Abbot CIC are holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at 6.45pm at the Avenue Church, Newton Abbot.
Newton Abbot Fringe Festival
17 May 2012
A Jubilee celebration performance by a choir of local School Children, at 1.30pm on Thursday 31st May, in front of the Clock Tower will mark the start of the Newton Abbot Fringe Festival, a month of performances in Newton Abbot town centre on Saturdays in June.
The Fringe Festival has given local musicians and singers the opportunity to perform at various locations around the town centre. Kagemusha Taiko will be performing on Sat 9th between 10-12pm at the Clock Tower and Sean Smith will be singing at 10.00am by Lloyds Banks, this will be followed by Gidleys Turn at 12.00pm and Pip Annings at 1.00pm in Market Walk. On Sat 23rd at 10.00am David Bailey (guitar & singer) will be performing outside Lloyds Bank followed by Glorious Chorus at 12.00pm at the Clock Tower and Pip Annings at 1.00pm in Market Walk. The Fringe Festival will finish on Sat 30th June, where Anna Todd on the Keyboard will be performing at 11.00am outside Lloyds Bank and Chordettes will be performing at 11.00am in Market Walk followed by Spectrum between 1.30-3.00pm at the Clock Tower.
The Fringe Festival has been co-ordinated by Newton Abbot Town Council and Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. The CIC’s Business Manager Emily Farrell commented that “we decided to make the Newton Abbot Festival a bit different this year by giving more acts the opportunity to perform at various locations on different days throughout the month, rather than staging a Festival Weekend. If we can find the funding, we hope to return with a bigger and better festival next year”.
Telling the Story of Buckland
01 May 2012
We are working in partnership with Haytor View Primary School, Surestart and a group of local residents on a project on the Buckland estate. The Project is entitled ‘Telling the Story of Buckland’, and is about bringing different generations together to share their memories of living or working on the estate. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in sharing their memories and/or getting involved in the Project. We are also keen to borrow copies of any old maps, memorabilia or photographs showing how the estate has developed.
Anybody who would like to get involved or has any memorabilia please contact Buckland Memories, Haytor View Primary School, Queensway, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4BD or phone Newton Abbot CIC on (01626) 215917.
Stimulating Growth in the Local Economy
28 March 2012
“We need to be innovative, optimistic and proactive” were the words of Councillor Daphne Watts as she closed the recent Community Forum meeting facilitated by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company.
The meeting focussed on the subject of the local economy and brought together a range of speakers and panellists to debate issues around local economic growth.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Nigel Jump, a local economist and a regular commentator on economic issues in the South West. Nigel focussed on the ‘big picture’ looking at recent and past trends in the UK economy, and highlighting the fact that radical steps would be needed to secure economic growth in Teignbridge. After the event, Nigel commented that "Facing a further period of subdued growth in consumer and government spending, local businesses and the community of Teignbridge need to think about how well they compete. Over time, some of this is about working together to build supply capacity - employment land, skills and infrastructure. But, it is also about innovation and investment in satisfying market demand, including 'exporting' up country and abroad."
Nigel was then joined in a panel discussion by representatives from Teignbridge District Council, Devon County Council, Job Centre Plus and the Town Centre Manager who answered questions from the audience on a variety of subjects from exports to youth unemployment. Allie Clark from Teignbridge District Council was able to confirm that the Teignbridge District Council Economic Development Delivery Plan will be available for public consultation by the end of April. This will set-out the Council’s priorities for stimulating economic growth as well as meeting the demands of existing businesses in Teignbridge.
More than 30 guests enjoyed the wide-ranging discussion chaired by Councillor Daphne Watts, Vice Chair of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. Daphne commented that “the CIC has an important role to play in facilitating these discussions, and in supporting the development of innovative solutions to stimulate local economic growth. Whilst we don’t yet have all the answers, we look forward to working with local partners to continue the debate over the next few months”.
The CIC is planning to follow-up this event with a further debate in the Autumn. If you would like to be invited to future events, please send your email address to email@example.com or call 01626 215917.
Musicians and Performers Wanted!
15 March 2012
Newton Abbot CIC together with the Newton Abbot Town Centre Manager are seeking musicians or performers to ‘busk’ in Newton Abbot Town Centre on Saturdays in June 2012. If you are a local group or individual and would like to perform, please contact Emily Farrell on (01626) 215917. Slots are available by the Clock Tower, outside Lloyds Bank and by Market Walk. All performances will be unpaid and unplugged (but you can put-out a hat if you want to).
This event is an alternative to the Newton Abbot Festival which is currently under review.
Community Forum - 27th March 2012
07 March 2012
The focus of the meeting will be on the economy, and will pose the question ,
‘How can the economy and employment be improved in Newton Abbot?’
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at 7.30pm at the Avenue Methodist Church, The Avenue, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2BY.
Next Community Forum meeting
09 November 2011
Newton Abbot CIC will be hosting and facilitating our next Community Forum meeting on Tuesday 29th November 2011 at 7.30pm at Young Devon, Market Street, Newton Abbot.
The Guest speaker will be Bronwen Hewitt, the Chief Executive of Dame Hannah Trust who will be talking about the plans for the Seale Hayne Site. There will also be an opportunity to find out about the work of the CIC and to have your say about current and future issues in the town.
To find out more contact Emily Farrell, Business & Community Development Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Food & Drink Guide launched
09 November 2011
The Newton Abbot Local Food & Drink Guide was launched in Newton Abbot Market on the 9th November. The Guide provides details of businesses within the Newton Abbot area offering local food and drink for sale, including shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Guide can be downloaded by clicking here.
Newton Abbot CIC appoints new Chair
05 October 2011
After eight years of loyal service, Ken Lewis has stepped down as Chairman of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. He has been replaced by Lynn McElheron who was unanimously elected at a recent Board meeting. Daphne Watts was elected as Vice Chair.
Lynn said “I am very excited to have been elected as Chair of Newton Abbot CIC. Newton Abbot CIC has a key role to play supporting a range of projects and activities around the town, as well as lobbying for change on behalf of all those living and working in the local community”.
Until 2010 Lynn was Strategic Manager at Teignbridge District Council. She now spends much of her time doing voluntary work in the town, and is also Chair of Newton Abbot and District Mencap.
As well as appointing a new Chair, Newton Abbot CIC has also recently appointed two new members of staff. Emily Farrell has been appointed as Business and Community Development Manager. Emily’s work will focus on project management, fund-raising and networking with other organisations. Emily joins Newton Abbot CIC from the South West of England Regional Development Agency. In addition, Faith Cummins has been appointed as Newton Abbot CIC Administrator. Both Emily and Faith work part-time and are based in the CVS Office at Forde House.
Recruiting now for 2 posts
23 June 2011
We have adverts in place for 2 posts -
A Business & Community Development Officer is required for the equivalent of 2 1/2 days per week, flexible hours, as required. This is a strategic post and you will need good project management skills as well as business or community development skills. £15,000 per annum.
An Admin Officer is required for the equivalent of 8 hours per week, flexible hours, as required. As well as good administrative skills, you also need bookkeeping experiance as this post will act as Company secretary. £4,000 per annum.
For more details of either of the above posts, or to request an application pack, please contact Lynn McElheron on 07779 915209 or email email@example.com The deadline for applications is noon on 30 June 2011.
Funds raised to purchase Golden Lion Square
05 April 2011
The CIC has raised enough money to purchase the Square from Teignbridge District Council. Thanks to a significant contribution from Newton Abbot Town Council, Councillors Anne Fry and Gordon Hook and local businesses Austins, Ridgeways and the Lord of the Borough Keith Stoke Smith.
Newton Abbot Music Hub goes live
04 April 2011
Come and join the Newton Abbot Hubbers. Musicians, performers, businesses, facilities come together to colloborate, laugh and share. Great things are taking place in this Town.
31 March 2011
Looking for something to do? Check out the Newton Abbbot heritage trail, where you can make your way across town finding stuff out about the local area. Contact the Newton Abbot museum for more details
Sandford Orleigh Screen Project
30 March 2011
As you may have seen in the Newton flyer, the town museum are currently restoring the Sandford Orleigh house screen in their heart of oak conservation project. We at the CIC aere helping them out with this, so if you'd like to make a donation or have any views onthe project, we'd love to hear from you.
We're producing a Food Guide!
18 March 2011
Tummy rumbling? Don't worry, the CIC are working on a Newton Abbot food guide to give you the low down on all our town has to offer by way of gastronomic delights.
Watch this space, more news on a release date soon...
Town Quay Project
17 March 2011
The CIC along with the town and district councils is going ahead with plans to renovate the town quay. This will include improvements to victoria gardens in the town centre.
Music Hub Events
16 March 2011
The CIC are working closely with the music hub to put on this year's festival. Check out their website www.newtonabbotmusichub.org for more information about what's happening this year!
CIC Plays Key Role in Aquisition of Golden Lion Square
16 March 2011
The CIC have played a major role in the ongoing aquisition of Golden Lion Square. We are currently investigating ideas for the square's development and finalising the purchase.