Last updated: 18th January 2014


Great News! ESJF Secures Funding for Community’s Top Priority Project

The Forum is very close to securing the total funding required for Stage One of the Queen’s Crescent Garden Project that later will see the transformation of this important green space into an attractive, well-used and cared-for community asset, an important part of the new Community Hub for St James as envisaged in the Neighbourhood Plan, and a much needed sign of regeneration leading to new confidence in St James.

♦  £10,000 has been awarded by Exeter City Council from the Local Infrastructure NHB Fund.

♦ £500 has been promised from Exeter University's Street Wise Fund.

♦ The equivalent of £4,500 of professional services has been offered free of charge by those with vital relevant expertise. Thanks to Frazer Osment (Project Management), Aylwyn Bowen (Specialist Web / Consultation Graphics and PR) and also to John Bosworth, Planning Lawyer and Partner of Ashfords LLP, who is already providing free legal advice.

♦ We hope to be able to announce shortly the successful outcome for a bid for the final £1500 required.

♦ Stage One of the project will include various consultation exercises of which you will be kept informed over the coming months. We hope that you will become involved in this and encourage other residents to join in so that the eventual garden design is the one that best accommodates community wishes.

For background information and further detail about Stage One please go to the Queen’s Crescent Project page





Supported by Exeter City Council New Homes Bonus


Other projects 

♦ The Forum has been asked to support a bid for an exciting project devised by member and historian David Treharne to create a series of downloadable St James' Walks to highlight the people and history of St James. This would complement the Heritage Trail project identified in the Neighbourhood Plan.

♦ Basic RHS ’It's Your Neighbourhood‘ awards for community gardening have been awarded in St James. Congratulations to Bury Meadow Park which was ‘thriving’. New to the scheme are Devonshire Place Orchard, Queen's Crescent Garden and the allotments at the side of St James Park railway station which are ‘improving’. We hope to invite allotment holders to come together to discuss the site before long.

♦ The Forum is also supporting the St Sidwell’s Community Centre in its bid for funds to make the centre and its garden bordering Sidwell Street more welcoming. If you have not done so please try the cafe – it serves good coffee and food!


St Sidwell’s C of E Primary School

Parents and teachers at the school may be interested in finding out more about what the Forum is doing in St James, especially in Queen’s Crescent Garden. If you know any parent or teacher there please let them know that if they live in the ward they can become a Forum member or if they do not live here but have an interest in the area they can become an associate member. All members receive updates by newsletter. Sally Hedge is a Forum member and parent at the school who has volunteered to help us become better known there.

Forum Panels

 The Forum’s Design Panel which has been set up to look at proposed development plans in the ward, is coming together to agree its terms of reference and design outlines in readiness for future projects.

♦ The Transport Panel is soon to meet for the first time to look at a number of points put to it by members.

 If you want to contact either Panel please do so by emailing


Many thanks

To Councillor Jill Owen who has provided funds to keep the Forum Steering Group afloat in the coming year – we are most grateful to Jill. This should ensure we can concentrate on the Neighbourhood Plan policies and projects, without having to raise funds specifically for admin. costs as seemed inevitable when it was decided not to introduce a membership fee this year.


Localism – an Open Letter to the Minister

Thursday, 17 October 2013 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)
Clyst St George

Is localism working where you are? What would help it work better? Join other practitioners and community members to hear some great examples of localism, and discuss with them how that good practice can be replicated.
There are still a few free places available at this event organised by South West Localism Group. Read more at

Jo Hawkins and Di Boston have been invited to speak from their experience of neighbourhood planning

Welcome to St Loyes Foundation as the latest ESJF Associate Member.

Find out more about the work of St Loyes at


Tour of Britain – The turning point

Crowds gathered beside Queen's Crescent Garden last month to support the Tour of Britain cyclists negotiating the tight York Road / Pennsylvania Road corner as they sped through the heart of St James and were gone in a flash. But we are left reflecting that a turning point of far greater significance for QCG itself has been reached that will not be forgotten so quickly! The first stage of the QCG Project is gathering momentum paving the way for the eventual transformation of the garden.


 Join us!




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