The villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo have a close-nit local community with a range of activities, facilities and groups which suits a wide age range. Read more about the local art projects, churches and the school.
Introducing… The Gallery Project
If you enjoy arts and crafts, a visit to The Gallery Project in Noss Mayo is highly recommended. Located inside the old blacksmith’s forge, The Gallery Project is an informal community gallery run by Maxine Cumberland. Open all year round, the gallery showcases affordable arts and crafts from artists who live in Newton and Noss, and the surrounding areas, including Maryjane Macleod (ceramics), Juliana Depledge (art and illustrations), and Mark Steggles (tableware and wall hangings). “It’s all about the community and focusing on artists that are truly local” says Maxine. Jewellery, glassware, photography, and cards are also among the art available to buy, and, every Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, a local artist works in the space. Visits are welcome on those days between 10:00-16:00.
If art isn’t for you, but you are looking to make friends and learn something new, Newton and Noss have an active community with much to offer. For a list of activities, groups and associations, visit www.newtonnoss.co.uk.
Church in the community
Holy Cross (Newton) and St Peter’s (Noss) church communities have been, and continue to be, part of the fabric of village life here. Both churches have a rich history and have retained their beauty and importance for everyone for over 9 centuries. While remaining very much alive, they continue striving to “take the love of Christ to all generations”. Both churches hold at least one service every Sunday where you are always welcome. Smaller groups also meet throughout the week in people’s homes, and out and about, to deepen friendships and serve the wider community. Holy Cross has over recent years undertaken a refurbishment project which included new flooring, disabled access and facilities, kitchen and storage, an updated sound system, and a permanent screen.
Newton Ferrers Church of England Primary School
Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo have had a school serving the community since 1874, and Newton Ferrers Church of England Primary School is proud to play a key role in community life, and has excellent links with people, organisations and businesses in both villages. As a mixed primary school for all children between the ages of 4 and 11, there are some exceptional facilities; five classrooms, The Burrow (pre-school, and before and after school clubs), library, resources room, offices and a large hall. There are extensive school grounds providing a wonderful outdoor learning environment and sporting opportunities. The school also benefits from an association with the Yealm Yacht Club and participation in residential trips.
The children, staff and parents have also chosen seven Christian values for the children to reflect upon, develop, and experience – Friendship, Forgiveness, Trust, Hope, Peace, Thankfulness and the overarching value of Love. The school hopes the children demonstrate these in their lives, both in and outside of school time. With an active Parent Teacher Friends Association (PTFA), the school regularly organises fundraising events for essential school equipment and activities, giving a valuable opportunity to bring the wider community together.