This is a short article written by Josh, the Community Builder in St Loyes. Enjoy!
What would you like to read about?
- Activities/Groups in St Loyes
- What are the Community Builders? An explanation of the project
- Future ideas from residents in the area
Activities/Groups in St Loyes
Last updated: 22 January 2019
(Previously updated: 24 December 2018)
I’ve been discovering there are several activities going on locally that are not always easily found online. Here’s a list of those I have found so far. Please remember this information is subject to change, so please let me know of any changes/errors, or any more that I’ve missed. And please check back here regularly. I’ve split the information into social, kids and sport activities.
– Community Choir (MS Centre- Wednesdays, 8-10pm)
– Open Coffee morning (St Lawrence Church Hall- normally 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:30am)
– Film Night (St Lawrence Church Hall- normally last Saturday of every month, 7:30pm)
– Ludwell Life (Variable meetups in Ludwell Valley to look after it- also has recently started a community orchard!)
– Rock Choir (St Peters School- Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm)
– Exeter Music Society (St Nicholas School- Monday evenings. Also takes place in St Leonards on Thursdays)
– Exclusive Coffee Mornings and Christian home groups (Folks using their homes as meeting places)
Activities for kids
– Open toddler group (Clyst Heath School- Tuesdays: 10-11:15am)
– Guides and Scouts groups including Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs! (St Lawrence Church Hall- various weekday evenings)
– K@tch (For kids in year 3 to 6, Clyst Heath School- Tuesdays: 6:15-7:15pm)
– TheatreTrain (Drama, Singing, Dancing, St Peters School- Saturday mornings: 10am-1pm)
– Men’s Football (ALREADY AT MAX CAPACITY. St Peters School- Monday evening)
– Pilates (St Lawrence Community Hall- Thursdays: 9:30-11:30am)
– Keep Fit (St Lawrence Community Hall- Wednesdays: 10-11am)
– Taekwondo (St Nicholas Primary School- Thursdays: 6-7pm)
– Taekwondo (St Peters- Wednesdays: Juniors 6-7pm, Seniors, 7-9pm)
– East Devon Hockey Club (St Peters- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, time depending on age/level)
– Tap Dancing, Jazz/Street Dancing (St Lawrence Church Hall- Mondays and Tuesdays, between 4pm and 8:45pm depending on class, mostly for kids)
– Jazz/Street Dancing, Ballet, Pom/Cheer/ Contemporary Dance (Clyst Heath School- date and time of classes depending on style of dance and level, mostly for kids)
– Adult Zumba and Adult Ballet (Clyst Heath School- Mondays: 7-8pm and Fridays: 6:45-7:45pm)
– Trampolining (Unit 6 Apple Ln- Monday to Saturday depending on age/level. Adult classes: Wednesdays and Fridays: 7-8pm)
– Tai Chi (MS Centre- Tuesdays: 12-1pm)
– Exeter Triathlon Club (Swimming only) (Middlemoor Swimming Pool- Mondays: 7-8pm and 8-9pm, and Thursdays: 8-9pm)
– Exeter City Swimming Club (Middlemoor Swimming pool- Various days depending on level. Saturdays and Sundays for kids, time of classes depending on level)
– Woman’s Netball (St Peters School- Wintertime only, change of venue in the summer, Thursdays: 8-9:30pm)
– SecondWind (Ultimate Frisbee. St Peter’s School- Wintertime only, change of venue in the summer, Mondays: 6-8pm)
– South West Athletics Club (St Peters School- Mondays: 6-7 or 7-8pm depending on age and level)
– Swagga Fit (St Peters School- currently not on but may return in 2019)
– Clubbercise (Dance workout. St Peters School- Tuesdays: 6:45-7:45pm and Thursdays: 8-9pm)
What are the Community Builders?
Nothing to do with bricks and lots to do with community!
I’m Josh, one of the several Community Builders across Exeter. There’s one in every City Council ward!
Why are we doing this? Personally it’s because I really appreciate connecting with people and am passionate about learning and making a positive change. As for the community building project it’s about improving people’s well-being across the city.
I generally like to say how we Community Builders do this is in these two parts (although there is more behind the scenes).
1) We raise awareness of what’s going on locally – see the activities/groups above for what’s on in St Loyes
2) We support and connect people together over what new exciting events or activities they want to see locally – coffee morning with the neighbours, book club, street party, fitness group, crafts, toddler group, skill-sharing etc… the possibilities are endless!
Another aspect to our work is the ABCD approach (Asset Based Community Development). This is about focusing on what’s strong in the community (its assets) and *not* on what’s wrong (its deficits). So one question we ask is “What skills and gifts do people have in the community?” or we ask another question that is often easier and simpler for people to answer: “What do you do for fun?”
If after reading this you want to chat or catch up, maybe would like a friendly face next to you while saying Hi for the first time to your neighbours, or have any ideas for around your area (book club, running group, coffee morning, etc), I’d love to hear more from you! We will never ask for money and we are not affiliated with any religious or political group.
You can call, email or use Facebook to get in touch with me:
Future ideas in the area
The ideas I’ve regularly come across are a more local community café and toddler group, probably both to take form in St Lawrence Church Hall north of Honiton Road due to a lack of other community spaces in St Loyes.
There’s also been some interest in more sports groups or similar for adults around the Digby area. One idea someone had was something like BuggyFit for mums after school drop off. Good Gym has been mentioned as a possibility.
And more community events like litter-picking, a puzzle group or film nights around the Birchy Barton Hill Area.
If you’d like to hear more about any of those ideas or are unsure about whether I registered your interest, please get in touch and I’ll make sure to keep you in the loop!