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Four miles north west of Exeter, the 2000 year old capital of Devon, the picturesque cottages of Newton St Cyres nestle together in a valley. Many of them are built of cob (the traditional clay and straw building material renowned for its good insulation) and have thatched roofs. There have been many changes from the days of industrial mining and cider-making to the present day with the production of award-wining cheese.

Following a number of successful coffee mornings in September and October 2012 the Newton St Cyres watch was established. A Co-ordinator was identified, the landlord of the Crown and Sceptre Public House, Simon Lovell, was extremely keen to be involved and for the "pub to be the hub". A large number of volunteers also offered their assistance to the scheme. Further events to promote the scheme within the community are being planned and full details will be advertised here.



Many congratulations to the Newton St Cyres Community Support group (Neighbourhood Health Watch) who recently won the Prince of Wales Award of Honour for the work they are doing in their community with Neighbourhood Health Watch.  The award was presented to the Watch Coordinator, Simon Lovell and Watch Administrator, Sophie Ward, at the Devon County Show on Friday 23rd May by a personal advisor to the Prince of Wales.


 Newton St Cyres NHW featured on BBC Spotlight 29th May 2013





**Newton St Cyres Neighbourhood Health Watch Launch Event - 22nd June 2013 - Crown and Sceptre, Newton St Cyres**

The official launch of the Newton St Cyres Neighbourhood Health Watch will be taking place on 22nd June 2013 at the Crown and Sceptre, Newton St Cyres, EX5 5DA.


In April 2013 the Newton St Cyres Watch received two donations:

  • £805 received from the Town & Parish Fund set up by Devon County Council and Mid Devon District Council

  • £500 received from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

The Parish Council have also donated one laptop and loaned one additional laptop.

These donations will enable the Watch to purchase two laptops and printers. Volunteers will be able to provide access to the internet to members of the community who are unable to get to the Internet Cafe, who do not have an existing internet connection in their homes, or those who have never used the technology before. Volunteers will be able to offer support and help tailored to the individuals needs. This will be particularly useful as the Government has recently announced changes to the benefits system and introduced an online application only system called Universal Credits.

In addition to these generous donations a local resident, Mr David Baker, very generously donated a laptop and printer to enable the Internet Cafe to be set up in the Crown and Sceptre. A local IT company, Cosmic, ( very kindly donated their services for free and gave the PC a healtheck prior to installing it in the Internet Cafe.

Thank you to all the individuals/agencies who have made donations. These will help make a huge difference within the Community.


Since September 2012  nearly 40 members of the local community have dedicated themselves to getting the scheme off the ground.

PC Keith Bradshaw and PCSO Lisa Crocker have worked closely with the group to help support its work.

Sergeant Dave McFadden, who leads the local police team, explained: “The timing and setting up of this valuable community service could not have been better.
“The Christmas and New Year period can be a difficult and challenging time for some people, especially those who are vulnerable or alone.
“The community Neighbourhood Health Watch scheme allows people to contact other residents in their time of need to help make their lives easier.
“It is a fantastic idea and, in many ways, goes back to the good old days of communities looking out for one another and working closely with the emergency services to support each other.”

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor, who is a member of the strategic steering group, met with local volunteers on December 18 to give her support.
She said: “Well done to the people of Newton St Cyres who have dedicated their time and effort into getting this scheme off the ground.
“It is already proving effective in bringing members of the local community together to support one another and help keep Newton St Cyres a healthy and safe place in which to live.”

Dr Peter Aitken, Director of Research & Development, and Project Director for Neighbourhood Health Watch at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, added: “Neighbourhood Health Watch is all about helping communities support each other’s health and well-being needs and I congratulate the people of Newton St Cyres for showing how successful such a scheme can be.”

The official launch of the community Neighbourhood Health Watch scheme took place on Saturday 22nd December and was well attended by 20 local residents who have all volunteered to help and support their community.

Every household in Newton St Cyres has received a keepsake postcard about the Newton St Cyres Community Support Group and local residents who wish to contact the local co-ordinator, Simon, can do so by telephone on 01392 851278.

An exciting additional initiative is the installation of a computer and printer for community use at the Crown and Sceptre. praise for Health Watch scheme at Newton St Cyres

 Newton St Cyres Watch meet with Ass CC Sharon Taylor

We wish the scheme every success and the project team will be on hand to fully support the watch going forward into 2013 and beyond.

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