New Park boasts an enviable location on the outskirts of Bovey Tracey, a welcoming Devon market town known as the Gateway to Dartmoor.
The mature woodland environment, large lake and views of the rolling hills of Dartmoor have always made this park popular. It is however, the hard work of the residents who run the Community Association that make this park stand out.
New Park Community Association (NPCA)
The New Park Community Association (NPCA) has been running for 30 years in various forms with the latest incarnation forming in 2012 after a last-minute stay-of-execution.
The hard work, flexibility and commitment from the new committee has formed a brilliant association that benefits all residents on the site.
In 2013 the First Fete snaked through the roads of the park using resident’s driveways for stalls and displays. A garage was turned into a kitchen and part of a road closed with tables & chairs for refreshments. This has now become an annual event, with each year offering a different theme.
Residents invite their children and grandchildren to help set up, clear away and join in with events. A typical fete includes competitions, a gazebo of crafts, cake making, preserves, sweets, flower arrangements, photography, art and handy crafts.
There are numerous stalls including games, vintage cars, charity stand, tombola, singing duo, accordionist & Morris Dancers.
It is always well supported by local councillors, the Mayor, the Town Clerk and in 2015, MP Mel Stride and his family attended.
NEW Park Community Newsletter
The Association delivers a professional monthly newsletter which includes a roundup of trips, events and meet ups for both local and park organised events. This 68-page booklet provides residents with all they need to know: from local services through to emergency contacts, everything is covered, and residents have all the information they need in one handy place.
The committee has also formed strong ties with the wider community, businesses and Council, assisting members with planning, buying and selling on site as well as access to a local solicitor who often provides free services for members.
Negotiating discounts with local traders has also proved to be a popular benefit for neighbours too.
Neighbours that care
The caring community of New Park is supportive of neighbours and friends during periods of illness or difficult times.
Whether it’s taking neighbours to medical appointments; helping with shopping or just a helping hand, the committee can always find someone to help out.
A few years ago gaps were noticed in the more formal care of older residents.
After much building of trust, one of the first things that came to light was the number of people who were not aware of extra monies they were entitled to. In one year alone, they managed to help fourteen residents gain access to Attendance Allowance which provided them valuable, non means-tested additional income.
Members also step in when neighbours have difficulty managing day-to-day. More alarming were instances of residents being discharged home without the correct level of formal support and often no local family to help out. Working with Social Services, Care Agencies, Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses and local Doctors surgeries, they were able to access more appropriate care and ensure the safety and well-being of their neighbours.
NPCA Membership is open to all residents of New Park.
The annual subscription of £4 per person includes:
- The services of the NPCA committee.
- A copy of the monthly magazine delivered to the home.
- Exclusive member discounts.
- Free Advertising in the magazine.
- Contributing items of interest, articles etc. to the magazine.
- Sharing ideas & raising concerns.
- Having access to all social events.
- Giving feedback & presenting ideas for future social events.
- Attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Joining the Lottery Draw from £1 per number per month.
For advice on setting up or growing your Resident Association, QRA or Social Club contact Colin Back, the chairman of the New Park Community Association on 01626 834431 or firstname.lastname@example.org