A POPULAR barn dance returns to Newton Abbot next month, run by a charity that helps during crisis situations around the world.

Local charity Newton Crisis Aid says it is delighted to announce that its popular annual Barn Dance is returning after a gap due to Covid. 

Andrew Rose, chairman of Newton Crisis Aid, said: ‘Once again, the very successful local band ‘Banned from the Moor’ will lead the dancing on what will be an exciting and fun evening.’ 

The event will be held at Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Road, Newton Abbot, on Saturday, March 4, from 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. 

There will be a bar (cash preferred) and a raffle. Tickets, which include supper, are adults £12, children under 15 £6, under 5s free. 

These can be bought directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newton-crisis-aid-barn-dance-tickets-511849344167 or phone 07870-698639 or email Jacky Bennett on [email protected] 

Newton Crisis Aid is a small charity with a big heart. 

Andrew adds: ‘Having enabled the Syrian refugees to resettle in Teignbridge over a five-year period, more recent activity has been focused on supporting refugees from war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan working closely with Refugee Support Devon based in Exeter. 

‘More recently several groups of asylum seekers have been transferred, after outbreaks of disease in overcrowded holding centres, to hotel accommodation in Devon. 

‘Local charities and organisations have been charged with providing these people with their basic humanitarian needs. 

‘NCA is currently working with a group in Torquay to provide clothing for these individuals. 

‘Other clothing is taken monthly to the distribution centre at RAFT (Refugee Aid From Taunton) to support a variety of refugee groups nationally and internationally. 

‘There is a monthly clothing collection at Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Road, Newton Abbot, from 2pm to 4pm on the first Thursday of the month.

‘As well as providing clothing we have, over the last few years, given other financial and practical help to local refugee families and organised various events to help them settle into our local community. 

‘We have also supported refugees internationally through donations. 

‘So, by getting your ticket early for the Barn Dance, not only will you have a great evening, but you will also be making a real difference to the lives of those refugees who are in continuing desperate need.’