NEWT magazine

NEWT (short for Newtown) is a magazine for our community. It was launched at Easter 2013 with the aim of connecting all the communities around our Parish Centre – the Schools, our Café, our Sunday church congregation, and of course the wider local community where people live and work in Newtown and the St John’s Village area – our ‘parish’ in other words. We’ve nicknamed all the people who live, work or worship in our area as ‘Newts’, and a popular regular feature is an in-depth interview with one of those interesting people.

NEWT aims to allow people to share their lives and stories locally and to explore themes that open up the strengths and the possibilities of our inter-linked communities. Both the local primary schools are regular contributors and we have frequent inputs from other faith communities and local groups, reflecting the sparkling diversity of our area. We print over 3,500 copies four times a year and distribute them freely through the two primary schools and through letterboxes, including to the new housing from Kennet Walk to Kenavon Drive.

Latest editions of NEWT

NEWT Summer 2022

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Links to further reading: Big Thoughts – ideas from Year 7 RE lessons supported by REinspired at The Bulmershe School

NEWT Easter 2022

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Links to further reading: Living in Love and Faith feedback
Book Review and Reflection – Tom Wright surprised by hope

Previous editions

NEWT wins Gold Award

Recently, NEWT won a Gold Award in a national competition for local community magazines, organised by ACE – the Association for Church Editors.

That’s encouraging, but we want to keep getting better and closer to our readers. So, if you have a short local story and some great pictures to help tell it, please send them in. We have pages waiting for you. See below for copy dates and contact details.

Planned forthcoming editions:

Harvest 2022 – 
16 September Copy date
4 October Publication

Send ideas and contributions to:
Or directly to the editor at