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This is a summary of the present news items.

Mount Radford Lawn


The latest state of our bid to acquire it for the community. ACV listing has been granted!

Road changes - Magdalen Road + others in St. Leonards


Because of the pandemic and social distancing DCC are going to trial a one-way system in our 'village', they have requested opinions from traders and residents.



What we are doing and where to get help.

The Neighbourhood News


The door-to-door paper newsletter which goes out to 3200 house in St Leonards

Wellbeing Exeter


The Newtown & St Leonards Newsletter from our Community Builder

Hospiscare - Cream teas to your door.


They are being very innovative at Hospiscare. No Garden Party this year,  but you can still get your cream tea delivered. Please support them.

Bull Meadow


The sinking culvert problem

The Hour Glass - ACV application


The locals get together to protect the pub's future.


For some slightly older news go to the 'News & Events' page.



We recently heard some very good news that Mount Radford Lawn has been listed by Exeter City Council as an "Asset Of Community Value".
This does not come with any guarantees of its future, but it is an important step along the way to keeping the playing field as a playing field.
The the owner has asked for a review of the decision to list.
To find out how the listing helps us and more, go to the ECC website here.
To see our vision for how this playing field could be used for the community - click here.


St Leonards and Magdalen Road Covid-19 traffic & pedestrian changes

Following the Government’s announcement of a £250 million emergency active travel fund, a series of temporary measure to support public safety are being explored by Devon County Council. These outline the County’s immediate priorities for supporting social distancing on key travel to work routes, city and neighbourhood shopping centres.
The traders have been consulted, Exeter C.C. is involved as well as Devon C.C. See the four links below.
It seems that changes will be made for a 6 month experimental period.
DCC wouold like your feedback on all the changes, both postive and negative. To do so email Carol Whitton our local DCC Councillor.
The first reactions to the changes in Magdalen Road have not been well received by the traders and shppers, but DCC says it is listening to reactions, let's hope that they are also prepared to act.
D.C.C. General Info about road changes in and around the City.



The Hour Glass - A.C.V. application

A group of friends of the very popular and iconic Hour Glass pub in Melbourne Street have got together and applied to Exeter City Council to have the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value.  The Localism Act of 2012 had community-loved pubs specifically in mind when it was passed. 
The pub freehold is owned by a larger pub group and leased to the present landlords. In these commercailly difficult times a lot of pubs are closing and it is specifically for this reason that the 'locals' are trying to get it listed. An ACV listing would give the locals a chance to buy it if it came up for sale.


Wellfest 2020 ?? - cancelled

The Wellfest 2020, planned for the 21st June is not now going to take place.
Ironic that an event designed to promote good health is cancelled by the possibility of bad health. It is also interesting that many of the suggestions for healthier living promoted in the last Wellfest have been statistically proven to increase the chances of surviving the virus.
The other wonderful part of last year’s event was the community meal for 250 people at a long table in the middle of the road. Maybe, if conditions allow, that is something which can be replicated at short notice in order to celebrate our release! A pop-up party.


Hospiscare Cream Teas

Support your local hospice by ordering a cream tea and having it delivered to your door.

2 homemade scones,
Rodda’s clotted cream
     and a pot of homemade strawberry jam 
     packed in a (classy, recyclable) box 
     and delivered to your door.
      (Exeter only)
  All for £5 per person.

Plus, if you want a cake too (Chocolate, Victoria Sandwich or Lemon Drizzle ) I can add that to your order (whole cake for £7 , half a cake for £4) 
Please contact Jessica on 01392 431567
or email:


Newtown & St Leonards Community Wellbeing News.

Every month Jayne Leavers, our Community Builder, publishes a newsletter of activities, events, photographs and other community goings-on in our area.
To see her latest June Newsletter click here.