Meadowside Hall Project

This is a joint project by the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot and the Meadowside Trustees.

The home, which is at 41 Highweek Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 1TR, is a substantial building set within its own grounds sharing a boundary with Highweek Primary School playing field.

Planning consent was obtained in 2017 for a new vehicular access and on-site carpark and this consent has been safeguarded by the commencement of work to the boundary wall for the formation of the new access gate.

The Hall is a single room 10.6m long and 6.1m wide with a side extension providing two toilets. The building is of sound construction but in need of extensive renovation including replacement windows, new services, removal of invasive vegetation, damp treatment and dry lining to the boundary wall, replacement ceiling tiles and insulation, repairs to the timber floor and complete redecoration.

The Hall

Within the garden of the home is a separate building known as Meadowside Hall which was built early in the 20th century as a school room. It has been used for various purposes over the years but is now a little neglected and in need of renovation.

Meadowside currently has limited access from a narrow lane which runs along the north side of the house. The lane is extensively used by residents and by parents accessing Highweek Primary School at drop off and pick up times. Meadowside access is limited to pedestrians only through a side entrance gate.

Project ambition.

  • To establish an Adult Day Care Centre close to Newton Abbot Town Centre to provide care and activities for clients and provide some much needed respite for carers.
  • Provide social interaction and day-care for up to 12 clients at any one time in the old Hall in the Meadowside grounds.
  • Improved access to the main site would enable health workers, contractors, and visitors to service the needs of the staff and residents.
  • Addresses a community need for affordable care for a group that currently tend to remain socially isolated in their own homes until a crisis occurs.
  • Improves the longer-term sustainability of Meadowside.

Key Points of project

  • Capital Costs approximately £100k project – estimated expected to make savings 10%+ on cost side by donated product and services, but in parallel there are always unforeseen costs – left as estimated.
  • Incremental net income minimum £10k pa – based 6 half-day session with 5 clients per session (conservative estimate)
  • Potential efficiencies with main house, staffing & resources.

Funding Meadowside has received donations of circa £10,000.

RCNA have committed to donate a further £5,000 to the project.

Online fundraising pages have been set up – CAF Online and Virgin Money

Several fundraising events have been planned, including two golf days, awaiting the outcome of COVID-19 restrictions.

Applications for funding to be initiated to raise the balance of £75,000.

For further information on this project contact:


Phil Millichap – Project Lead

Martin Smith – Fundraising & Donations

Jeremy Newcombe – – Building & technical

Lynn McElheron – – Chair Meadowside


    Meadowside Charity Newton Abbot & District