Poppy Project a great success

Newton Abbot CIC has been over-whelmed by the response to our Poppies at Penn Inn Project. Together with Transition Newton Abbot, the CIC created a meadow of crafted poppies under the flyover at Penn Inn Roundabout. Despite the terrible weather over the weekend, the majority of the display lasted the weekend.


Photo credit Lynn Buckley



Photo credit top left Lynn Buckley. Top right and bottom Ethan Hooper-Clarke


A cherry tree was also planted by Richard Underhill MBE, Chairman of the Newton Abbot Branch of the Royal British Legion and pupils from Haytor View Primary School to mark the centenary.


Photo credit (L) Ethan Hooper-Clarke


Photo Credit: Lynn McElheron

Haytor View Primary School involved the whole School in the poppy making, with more than 200 poppies made from a variety of materials. The School held a short act of Remembrance on the roundabout led by Father Nick Debney, Team Vicar in Newton Abbot. Some of the pupils were also involved in planting bulb and seed planting at the roundabout.

Photo credit: Haytor View Primary School


Photo credit: Ethan Hooper-Clarke

Emily Farrell the CIC’s Business Manager commented that “we have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received to out Poppies at Penn Inn Project. It is great that so many people of all ages had the opportunity to get involved by making their own personal tribute.  We are grateful to Council Gordon Hook, Councillor Gordon Hook and Milller Energy for their support for the Project.

The purpose of the event was to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, but also highlight the value of the green area inside the roundabout as a community space and an important routeway between the town and the Buckland/Milber areas.

The Project is part of an on-going programme of improvements to the roundabout. The CIC plans to plant more than 20 trees over the autumn/winter season together with several hundred bulbs. The works have been funded by local Councillors, the Cooperative Bank, Teign Housing Community Chest and private donations.

For more information or to get involved in the planting contact Emily Farrell, the CIC’s Business Manager via email or on (01626) 206690.


Poppies at Penn Inn - Honouring the Past; Planting for the Future

A joint community tribute of tree and bulb planting, together with the placing of hand-made poppies to mark the centenary of the end of World War One will be held inside the Penn Inn Roundabout in Newton Abbot over Remembrance Weekend from 9th – 12th November 2018.

Newton Abbot Community Interest Company, the Newton Abbot Royal British Legion and Transition Newton Abbot are working together to host the event.

Local residents and those from local businesses and organisations are invited to place their own hand-made poppies in a designated area within the Penn Inn Roundabout. In addition, bulb and tree planting will take place echoing the regeneration project in 1920 when local schoolchildren planted trees in Milber Woods. This event also features in a specially devised circular sound-walk through the Woods, beginning and ending at the Penn Inn. A book of memories will be available for people to record their reflections, as well as memories of families and friends involved in the conflict.

In advance of the event, local people are being invited to knit, stitch or craft poppies from any material. Emily Farrell the CIC’s Business Manager commented that “we are encouraging everyone to get involved in making a poppy and then coming along to Penn Inn over Remembrance weekend to place their poppy in memory of local people who lost their lives in this conflict. The event marks the centenary of the end of World War One, but also recognises the importance of the Penn Inn as a community space for local residents."

Helen Chessum from Transition Newton Abbot added “there are many touching local stories connecting our town with the events in WW1. We feel it is fitting to use the space inside the Penn Inn to make our own local tribute to the end of WW1 centenary. Do join us".

As part of the Project, two poppy making workshops are taking place at Buckland & Milber Community Centre in Gilbert Road. These are on Tuesday 16th October from 10.00am – 12noon and Thursday 1st November from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Entrance is free and materials are provided. Poppies made at these workshops will be placed at Penn Inn over Remembrance Weekend.

The event will be open from 12noon on Friday 9th November throughout Remembrance weekend. A ceremonial tree planting with the Royal British Legion will take place at 1.00pm on Friday 9th November. All the poppies placed will be removed for recycling on Monday 12th November.

For more information contact Emily Farrell on (01626) 206690 or visit


Annual Report Launched

Newton Abbot CIC has launched its latest Annual Report. Click here to download a copy.


First Phase of Planting Complete at Penn Inn

An amazing team of volunteers have finished planting the first new flowerbed at Penn Inn. Designed to add a splash of colour, the bed has been dug and planted by hand by a team of volunteers who responded to the appeal for help by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company.

Completion of the flowerbed and the re-seeding of the wildflower meadow marks completion of the first phase of the Project at Penn Inn. Lynn McElheron Chair of the CIC commented that “we have been delighted by the support we have received from both individuals and organisations to help us deliver the first phase of the Penn Inn Project. Teams of volunteers have being digging in all weathers to complete the planting and we are delighted by the outcome”.

The CIC has received support from Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, Newton Abbot Town Council, Teign Housing and ID Verde landscaping. The CIC would like to thank all those involved in supporting the Project, but particularly Plant World Nurseries who have provided their expertise and donated the plants for the first phase of the Project.

Further work is planned in the autumn of 2018 when the next phase of planting will be carried out.

If you would like to find out more you can contact Newton Abbot Community Interest Company on 01626 206690.

Pictured are some of the volunteers at work and the completed flowerbed.










Planting continues at Penn Inn Roundabout

Following the recent launch of its improvement plans for Penn Inn Roundabout, Newton Abbot Community Interest Company has held its first volunteer gardening afternoons at the roundabout.


The first step in the improvements will be to plant a bed of exotic plants kindly donated by local nursery Plant World. Following on from the creation of the first flowerbed, the CIC plan to plant some beautiful trees, shrubs and bulbs between now and spring 2019.

John Pike, Vice Chair of the CIC commented that “our ambition is to make Penn Inn Roundabout a safe and attractive public space. We have been delighted by the enthusiastic response we have already received to our plans. We are already working with a team of volunteers but would love to hear from anyone else who would like to get involved”.

The CIC is very grateful for the support we have received from local nursery Plant World, local horticulturalist David Howard, Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Newton Abbot Town Council.

Newton Abbot CIC is offering sponsorship opportunities for local business and organisations, as well as the chance for members of the public to sponsor a shrub for just £5. The CIC is also keen to hear the views of local people regarding their plans for the roundabout. You can come along to the next volunteer afternoon to give your comments, or send your views to

There will be a further volunteer afternoon from 2.00 pm on Thursday 12th April. All are welcome to join in. Please bring gloves and a garden fork if you have them.

To find out more visit contact Emily Farrell on (01626) 206690.


First Volunteer Day at Penn Inn Roundabout

Penn Inn Roundabout Improvements

Would you like to help dig a new bed for plants donated by Plant World – or help to cut ivy, get rid of weeds etc.?

Newton Abbot CIC are having a VOLUNTEER AFTERNOON

Thursday 29th March

starting at 2pm

(weather permitting!)


If you would like to join in, please come along

– and tell your friends


If you have some gardening tools please bring a fork (or spade) if you want to help with digging the new bed, or hand saw or loppers if you want to tackle the ivy on the trees. Tools for path weeding would be useful.

We plan to plant some beautiful trees, shrubs and bulbs between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, and are keen to hear your suggestions at the Volunteer Afternoon.


Community snapshot published

Newton Abbot CIC has published a snapshot of its finding from its recent resident survey in Houghton Barton. The CIC completed 250 surveys, the main purpose of which was to inform plans for a new community building within the neighbourhood. You can view the snapshot by clicking here.

If you would like to find out more or would like to get involved please contact Emily Farrell by email -


Planting plans for Penn Inn Roundabout

Newton Abbot Community Interest Company is launching ambitious plans for improvements at Penn Inn roundabout. The CIC is looking for local businesses and residents to support the plans, which include planting of trees, shrubs and flowers inside the roundabout.

By working closely with Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Newton Abbot Town Council the CIC is planning to provide an attractive greenspace at an affordable cost. Work has already begun on clearing the roundabout which had become very overgrown following the construction of the flyover. The CIC would like to thank Teignbridge District Council for carrying out the initial cut of the grass and weeds at Penn Inn, and for their input to the improvement works so far.

Newton Abbot CIC is looking for public support for its plans, with sponsorship opportunities for local business and organisations, as well as the chance for members of the public to sponsor a shrub for just £5. Those not able to provide sponsorship are invited to get involved and help with the planting and on-going maintenance.

The plans will be launched on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 6.30pm at Buckland & Milber Community Centre. The launch event will include a talk by renowned horticulturalist David Howard, former Head Gardener to HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove House. The talk entitled 'My garden life' which is a tour around all of his workplaces during the last 40 years including Australia, Japan, USA, India and Nepal.  Together with local nursery Plant World, David is working with the Newton Abbot CIC to design the planting scheme for Penn Inn roundabout.

Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot CIC commented that “the CIC’s plans for Penn Inn roundabout will provide improvements which are much needed after the roadworks. We are grateful for the support we have already received from both David Howard and Plant World, but would welcome support from any individual or business who would like to get involved. Anyone is welcome to attend the launch on the 31st January whether you are interested in getting involved or would just like to hear about David’s work”.

Although the launch event is free to attend, donations for the event or towards the planting at Penn Inn will be welcomed.

To find out more visit or contact Emily Farrell on (01626) 206690.


Newton Abbot CIC seeking funding for limprovements to Penn Inn Roundabout

Newton Abbot CIC is working with others to improve Penn Inn Roundabout. The Project follows completion of the roadworks and the flyover and is a response to the many complaints that have been made about the current state of the roundabout.

The first phase of the works will see the weeds and self-seeded plants cleared from the roundabout. The CIC will then carry out a small amount of planting in areas where plants are most likely to grow.

Once this work is complete the CIC would like to work with local people, local Schools and other organisations to deliver a public art project on the roundabout. This could include a sculpture park, banners or mosaics in the underpasses. The details would be worked out with those involved.

The CIC is currently applying for funding for the public art project. If you can help or would like to get involved please contact Emily Farrell the CIC's Business Manager by email to


CIC launches further consultation work in Houghton Barton

Newton Abbot CIC has started work on a door to door survey in the Houghton Barton neighbourhood. The purpose of the survey is to ask residents about what they would like to see provided within a new community building in their neighbourhood.

The survey is following-up on previous consultation work completed in 2016. Emily Farrell, the CIC's Business Manager commented that "we are keen to ensure that as Newton Abbot grows, the new communities are supported by adequate facilities to meet their needs. Following completion of this survey work we will be putting forward a case for a new community building within the Houghton Barton community".

This work is being carried out on behalf of Teignbridge District Council and the CIC is keen from anyone who would like to get involved. You can contact Emily by email to

The survey work will be carried out over the next 5 weeks.


Consultation Report into Houghton Barton/The Fairways

Recently the CIC has facilitated a detailed report into the needs of the local community in some of the latest hosing developments in Newton Abbot. You can download the full report here.


Visit by local Pupils to Teignbridge District Council

Young members of the Student Council for Newton Abbot recently attended a meeting of Teignbridge District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Photo shows L-R Back row – Aaliyah Rattue, Councillor Mike Haines and Todd Denning. Front row – Ben Avery, Evan Bearne, Isabelle Carter, Kaydyn White

The pupils attended the meeting to give a presentation to Members regarding the perception of Primary School pupils about drug, smoking and alcohol issues in the town.

The Students on the Council are drawn from Schools across Newton Abbot and the surrounding area but those giving the presentation included year 5 or 6 students from Wolborough, Abbotskerswell and Bradley Barton Primary School.

The students gave an excellent presentation focussing on the perceptions of their peers regarding the impact of drug, alcohol and smoking and how the young people thought that advice and guidance should be made available to them. One of the key messages was that the young people felt that they should be given information from 9 years old upwards to help dispel the myths about drugs, alcohol or cigarettes before they reach Secondary School.

The Schools Council is hosted by Coombeshead Academy who have supported the group for a number of years, as a means of encouraging the children to have a say regarding local issues in the town.


Brian Whiffen, Assistant Headteacher at Coombeshead Academy commented:

“It has continued to be an absolute pleasure to work with the student council throughout this academic year. Listening to their opinions and seeing them develop a mature approach to politics at both local, regional and national level is fantastic! The trip to the Houses of Parliament on 4th July will be a fitting way to end their years’ work as student councillors.

Emily Farrell, Business Manager with the CIC said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to hear the young people giving such an articulate and well-researched presentation. We would like to thank all the staff and students involved for all their hard work and enthusiasm”.

Cllr Mike Haines, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee added:

“Teignbridge Overview and Scrutiny committee members were very pleased to receive the presentation from the Student Council for Newton Abbot, and were appreciative of the time that they had spent in collecting views from 223 primary school children. It was very useful for councillors to understand the perspectives of our younger citizens on the challenging issues that they had researched; alcohol, smoking and drugs. Following the presentation to councillors, student council members were able to discuss the issues further with Teignbridge District Council officers.  I look forward to further input from the Student Council on these and other issues that are important to young people”. 


The Schools Council has been supported by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company since it was established in 2012. 


Referendum vote in favour of the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan

Newton Abbot Community Interest Company has welcomed the news that the recent referendum on the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan resulted in an over-whelming majority voting to adopt the Plan.

Emily Farrell Business Manager of the CIC commented that “as a CIC we were actively encouraging voters to vote ‘yes’ in the Referendum, and we are delighted that more than 80% of voters supported the Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan brings many opportunities for the town, including additional funding, as well as policies to encourage the ‘greening of the town’ and protect the town’s historic features”.

Newton Abbot CIC will be seeking to ensure that the policies and projects in the Plan are taken forward over the Plan period.


CIC Annual Report Published

The CIC has published its Annual Report for 2015/16. You can download a copy by clicking here.


Newton Abbot Community Interest Company encourages a Yes vote to the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan

Residents of Newton Abbot are being encouraged to vote ‘Yes’ in the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.

The Directors of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company (CIC) recognise that if approved the Plan will becomeplanning policy. This means that it will be used by Teignbridge District Council when they are making decisions about planning applications. It will also help to ensure that the new housing developments around the town are supported by adequate infrastructure and community facilities.  The CIC helped put the Plan together alongside a Steering Group of local residents and organisations.

Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place means that Newton Abbot Town Council will receive 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy, instead of 15%.  This funding will enable the Council to provide new facilities for the benefit of local people. The Neighbourhood Plan includes a list of these community priorities needed within the town. The list was developed after lengthy consultation with members of the public during 2014 and includes improved parks, open spaces and community facilities within new developments and a ‘Community Hub’ incorporating a new home for the Town Hall and Museum within the town centre as well as space for other community organisations and a home for temporary exhibitions.

Lynn McElheron Chair of the CIC Board commented that “the CIC believes that having a Neighbourhood Plan in place is an important tool to guide the future development of Newton Abbot. Whilst the Plan cannot change the levels of housing growth set-out in the Local Plan, it can help make sure the town has the facilities it needs to support the growing population. We hope that residents of Newton Abbot will join us in supporting the community by voting Yes in the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on the 5th May”.

More information regarding the CIC’s position is available by clicking here.


Official Opening of Golden Lion Square

Golden Lion Square was officially opened today as a public open space. The Square includes areas of seating, new areas of planting and a small performance area.

Pictured are Councillor Mike Hocking (Chairman of Teignbridge District Council), Jeremy Newcombe (Chair of Newton Abbot Communty Trust), Lynn McElheron (Chair of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company), Councillor Mike Ryan (Mayor of Newton Abbot), Mrs Lin Ryan and the Mayors Cadet for 2015/16.


Invited guests included sponsors and supporters of the Scheme as well as local Councillors and Offices from local Councils.



Golden Lion Square to open to the public

Newton Abbot Community Trust is delighted to announce that Golden Lion Square will open to the public this week after extensive works have been carried out to re-design this key public space within the town centre.

The Square, located opposite the Passmore Edwards Centre has been levelled and re-paved, with new seating and planting installed. The Square also benefits from a small performance area with a canopy which is hoped will attract a wide-range of groups and performers.

Work to the Square has been funded by Newton Abbot Town Council, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council through the Electors Fund. Items within the Square have also been generously sponsored by local businesses and members of the public, with individual donations ranging from £1 to £2,000.

The Newton Abbot Community Trust is a Registered Charity and is a partnership between Newton Abbot Town Council and Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. Jeremy Newcombe Chair of the Trust commented that “we are delighted with the works that have been carried out to improve Golden Lion Square. We hope that residents, visitors and businesses will all agree that it has been worth the wait. We owe a debt of thanks to all those businesses and residents who have supported the works to the Square in so many different ways”.

Speaking on behalf of Newton Abbot Town Council, Mayor, Councillor Mike Ryan noted that “Newton Abbot Town Council is especially pleased to see this scheme reach completion. It represents the final piece in the jigsaw of projects identified by the people of Newton Abbot in the Community Plan as an important amenity space in their town centre. The result of a partnership between all tiers of local government, the Community Interest Company, businesses and the public it will be a truly glorious sight in its setting with the Passmore Edwards Centre. Add to that the performance space, I hope to public embrace and protect it.”

Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot CIC added that “the CIC is delighted to have been involved in the redevelopment of Golden Lion Square. We hope that the Square will be popular with people of all ages to sit and enjoy the planting, play a game of chess or enjoy a performance”.

One of the features on the Square is the Energy Sculpture, which was produced and installed by the Energy Group of Transition Newton Abbot (TNA), and supported by a number of people and organisations in the community. This sculpture is the last in a series of five other sculptures, which feature the individual renewable energy symbols. These other sculptures can be found on the outskirts of Newton Abbot and are designed to encourage us all to think about how we use energy and where it comes from.

The Square will be officially opened at a ceremony to which all are invited on Saturday 16th April at 11.00am.

Anyone interested in using the Square or the performance area for an event are encouraged to contact Newton Abbot Town Council to make a booking on (01626) 201120.


Visit by local Pupils to Teignbridge District Council

Members of the Student Council for Newton Abbot recently went on a visit to Teignbridge District Council to find out more about how decisions are made by the District Council and to participate in debate with Councillor Jeremy Christophers .

The visit, which was organised by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company, is part of a programme of activities which the Student Council undertakes during the academic year to learn more about decision making. The Schools Council has previously visited Newton Abbot Town Council and a further visit to the Houses of Parliament is planned if sufficient funding can be found to pay for the trip.

The Students are drawn from Schools across Newton Abbot and participants included pupils from Ipplepen Primary School, Haytor View Primary School, All Saints (Marsh) and Kingskerswell Primary School. The Schools Council is hosted by Coombeshead Academy who have supported the Group for a number of years, as a means of encouraging the children to have a say regarding local issues in the town. Brian Whiffen Assistant Headteacher at Coombeshead Academy commented that “the student councillors continue to be an absolute credit to the primary schools that they represent. They can always be relied upon for sharing their opinion and conducting themselves in a mature manner. They are a pleasure to work with.”

Councillor Jeremy Christophers Leader of Teignbridge District Council has hosted the visit from pupils for the last three years. Reflecting on this year’s visit Cllr Jeremy Christophers said: “As a council we need to reach out young people if the next generation are going to get involved in local decisions. I always look forward to this annual get together with the Newton Abbot primary school pupils. Being able gain the insight of the council issues from a child's perspective is a vital exercise for me as leader. During the last few years we have discussed very wide-ranging topic, housing, bullying, dog fouling and advice on drug and alcohol misuse.  Some matters are serious, some are hilarious, all-in-all the session was great fun! We are looking to continue the conversation with the schools group.”

Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot Community Interest Company added that “The CIC has supported the programme of visits by the Schools Council since its establishment in 2012. We are keen to ensure that the views of young people are heard amongst others when we are discussing the future of our town, and this visit provides an opportunity for the children to voice their opinions about issues in Teignbridge”.

Further work is planned following the visit, and Councillor Christophers invited some of the young people to carry out some further consultation amongst their peers and return to the Council offices to discuss their findings.



Work underway at Golden Lion Square

The Newton Abbot Community Trust is very pleased with progress made with the improvements to Golden Lion Square in Newton Abbot. Work is due to be completed early in the new year and individuals or groups can help by sponsoring certain items in the square, such as paviors, sleepers, benches, trees and shrubs. The trees and the circular bench already have sponsors, including Austins, John Pike and the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot.

Jeremy Newcombe, Chair of the Trust, said "We are very pleased that items can be sponsored for as little as £1. The public were very clear that they wanted a lovely open space in which to sit and read or for occasional performances. We hope that they will now contribute to help to make this a reality."

If individuals, groups or businesses, would like to sponsor one or more items, please visit  or pick up a form from the Town Hall in Devon Square. You can also request a form by phoning 01626 201120. Plans and more information can be found on the Newton Abbot CIC website.


Sponsorship opportunity at Golden Lion Square

If you are interested in sponsoring a feature at Golden Lion Square please click here to find out more information.


Annual Report 2014-5 report 2014_15.pdf


CIC supports Neighbourhood Plan process

Newton Abbot CIC is delighted to have been able to support the process of preparing the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan. The CIC managed the consultation process during 2014, and more recently has produced the draft Plan for consultation. Copies of the Plan are avaliable from the website at where an online feedback form is also avaliable.


Draft Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan Published

The draft Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Development Plan is now available for comment for a six week period until 17th April 2015.

The Plan sets out a vision for the Parish of Newton Abbot for the next 20 years and covers a range of subjects relating to the physical environment including heritage, transport, business development and community facilities. Greening the town is also a key theme of the draft Plan.

The process of preparing the Plan has been coordinated by Newton Abbot Town Council and led by a Steering Group of local residents and representatives from organisations.

The Neighbourhood Plan was the subject of extensive consultation at events across the town during 2014. The issues arising from the consultation covered a wide variety of subjects including improvements to the town centre, building design in new developments, jobs and traffic congestion. Many interesting project ideas have been submitted, some of which are included in the draft Plan.

Local resident Roger Grainger who has chaired the Steering Group commented that “throughout the consultation exercise we have tried hard to engage residents in the future direction of our town and as a Steering Group we have been very pleased to receive the thoughts and comments of those who have taken part so far.  This is THE opportunity for you, whether a resident or business of the town, to tell us what you think about the draft plan before any formal adoption processes begin.

I know that this sort of planning exercise does not always capture the imagination, but I need to stress how important it is for all of us to think about the draft plan and the policies in it.  We want to know if you like the plan, whether it helps protect what’s precious to the town, and sets the right tone for how the additional 4,000 new houses can best be integrated into our town”.

Copies of the draft Plan are available to view at the Town Hall at 9 Devon Square and at the Passmore Edwards Centre. They can also be downloaded from, where an online response form is available for your feedback.


Newsletter Now Online

Buckland Community Centre has recently launched a Newsletter to let residents know what is going on at the Centre. You can read the newsletter by clicking here.


Improved Facilities Proving Very Popular

Newton Abbot CIC has been working hard with the Management Committee to improve the facilities at Buckland Community Centre. The improved facilities include a newly re-decorated training room which is equipped with 8 computers that can be used for training, or the room can be used as a meeting space.

Click here to find out more.


Fun Day in Sandringham Park

Fun Day in Sandringham Park

On Saturday 26th July from 2.00pm a Free Community Fun Day is planned in Sandringham Park and Buckland & Milber Community Centre.

The Fun Day is open to all and will offer a huge range of entertainment for people of all ages including Bouncy castles, a Children’s Entertainer, Welling Throwing, a Fun Run for Children, Colouring Competition, Teas, Raffle and lots of other sideshows and events. Many of the attractions will be free, and there is no entry fee.

The Fun Day is being run by Newton Abbot Community Interest Company in partnership with Buckland & Milber Community Association and Mars Hill Community Church. Emily Farrell Business Manager with the CIC commented that “The purpose behind the Funday is two-fold. Firstly to provide local residents with a low-cost afternoon out in the Summer Holidays, and secondly to celebrate the fact that the Buckland & Milber Community Centre is open for business and invite people to take a look at the facilities on offer. This is an ‘all-weather’ event so it will go ahead indoors if the weather is wet”.

Buckland & Milber Community Centre currently offers a variety of activities including Line Dancing, a Gardening Club, Short Mat Bowls and the popular Mayflower Club for those aged 55+.  New suggestions for groups and activities are always welcome, and part of the reason for the Fun Day is to give local people the opportunity to have their say about what groups they would like to see running at their Centre.

The Community Fun Day has been generously sponsored by Centrax, Teign Housing, Health Contact through the Health Lottery and lots of local businesses.

More information can be found on Facebook by Searching bandmcc or by contacting the Centre on (01626) 206690


Neighbourhood Plan Survey now Online

You can have your say on the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan by clickinghere.


Short Mat Bowls is coming to Buckland & Milber Community Centre

There is a lot happening at Buckland & Milber Community Centre. The new Activities Co-ordinator Fran Bennett has been busy getting to know everyone. There is a thriving over 55’s group the Mayflower Club. There is something on nearly every day of the week, Darts on a Tuesday and Thursday and Bingo on a Monday and Friday and there are lunches once a month and trips out and about .The younger members of the community can come along to the Youth Clubs on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Street Dance classes on a Monday after school. The Gardening Club is held on the last Monday of each month from 7 – 9pm with interesting speakers, trips and outings and lots of chat.

An exciting new activity that will start on Thursday 5th June from 2 – 4 pm is Short Mat Bowling. Fran explains ‘This is something I am really excited about. I have a lovely local lady who is happy to run the club and I have had support in financing the club and buying the new equipment from Local Councillors Parker and Corney-Walker, from Active Communities and The Health Lottery. I hope this will be a popular activity as it can be played by people of all ages and abilities on an equal basis. We have all the equipment you will need and a lovely hall so if someone would like to try it, they just have to come along and give it a go. All you need is a pair of flat clean soft shoes, even slippers will do. There is plenty of free parking so I am hoping that people from across Teignbridge will come. This a good way of getting some gentle exercise and meeting new people. I hope to see experienced bowlers, lapsed bowlers who would like to start again and beginners who would just like to try it. Everyone will be welcome’.

There will bowling sessions from 2 – 4pm on a Thursday (starting on 5th June) and on a Sunday evening from 6pm – 8pm (starting on 8th June). All the equipment that you will need will be provided, you just need to turn up with clean, flat, indoor shoes. Each session will be £2.

Come along and give it a go.

The newly decorated Community centre has a large hall and a comfortable lounge to rent, excellent kitchen facilities, good disabled access with no steps or stairs. There is lots of outdoor space and ample free parking.

If you would like any further information please contact Fran Bennett are 01626 206690, mobile 07913882525, room bookings 01626 438575, E mail


Gardening Club at Buckland and Milber Community Centre

Are you a budding gardner? Are you an expert or would you just like to know more? Starting on Monday 28th April and then the last Monday of each month from 7 -9pm there is going to be a new gardening club at Buckland and Milber Community Centre, Gilbert Road, Newton Abbot. There will be a different speaker each month and of course there will tea, coffee and biscuits. The speaker on the 28th is Giles Palmer the Curator of plants at Paignton Zoo.

Fran says ‘I am new in post and I am the Activities Co- Ordinator based at the Community Centre. I have been funded by the Health Lottery and I am very keen to put on activities at the Centre that will appeal to all members of the community particularly if they connected to exercise and the outdoors. Some of the gardens around Buckland and Milber are lovely and there are obviously some very keen and able gardeners. This is a brand new club and I would like anyone who has an interest in gardens or gardening to come along. It’s is going to be a friendly, informal club where people can pick up tips and knowledge from each other and from the speakers. We are going to have a different speaker each month so there will be something for everyone. The centre has great facilities and there is plenty of free parking. Access to the centre is excellent as it is all on one level with no steps or stairs. Please come along and meet like minded people and listen to a very interesting speaker’

There are many other activities on at the newly decorated  centre, including a youth club on a Wednesday and Friday evening, dance classes for young people, the Mayflower Club for the over 55’s who hold darts and bingo twice a week, trips and lunches. There is Line Dancing on Saturday 10th May from 7 9pm and soon there will be a Short Mat Bowls Club on a Wednesday afternoon. There is a large hall and a comfortable lounge available for hire with excellent kitchen facilities.

Contact details for Fran and the Centre are Office 01626 206690, email


New website for Buckland Community Centre

Newton Abbot CIC is developing a new website for Buckland & Milber Community Centre, You can visit the site under development by clicking here


Community Centre Hall Transformed

The Main Hall at Buckland & Milber Community Centre has been transformed, thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers from the Halifax Bank.

The team of regional Managers from across the South worked extremely hard to transform the hall in a day of volunteering.


Emily Farrell Business Manager with Newton Abbot CIC commented that "it was a fantastic day with a great team of volunteers. The Hall looks amazing. The painting of the hall was the first stage in a programme of renovation works at the Centre. The aim is to expand the range of activities on offer at the Centre".







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