Lasting impact of Community Trails

Over a 2 year period, Beaford worked with eight primary schools and six artists to explore how creative learning can be embedded into different rural settings through a programme combining arts, heritage, environment and community engagement.The project has delivered outcomes far beyond what was expected.

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Hefted - The Journey Begins

A new community cast from across the generations in Swimbridge, music and sound created live on stage by the performers, the magic of 600 years of North Devon myth and history in nine scenes, and the openness, talent and experience of the region’s own Multistory Theatre at the helm – we’re off!

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Introducing… Malcolm Cowburn, Oral Historian

‘My job is to go out into the community and talk to people in their homes about North Devon from 1970s to the 90s. The interviews are part of a bigger project which has a lot of strands: It’s partly located in the photographic archives, cataloguing Ravilious’ and Deakins’ work and it’s got a community element where it works with various community groups.

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Introducing… Emma Down, Archivist

‘I catalogue the Beaford Archive so this means I’m responsible for creating a database of the negatives and contact sheets of the photographs by James Ravilious and Roger Deakins.  So far we’ve got around eighty thousand negatives and around two and half thousand contact sheets so it’s a big task we’re undertaking! Fortunately, I’ve got a group of vey dedicated volunteers who have been helping me with this task. 

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The Beaford Archive and Memory Cafes

Sophie has over 10 years’ experience leading arts and wellbeing workshops in north Devon through her work at The Plough Arts Centre, Creative Catharsis, and in the Memory Cafes network. Over the past eighteen months she has led workshops for the Hidden Histories project, engaging with over 200 members of our communities with different levels of dementia, memory problems and complex needs.

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Introducing…. Lucy Perry and Anna Worthington, Community Promoters, North Molton

I went out with my fellow Beaford promoter, Anna, to a couple of gigs in North Devon and we agreed that it would be great to have some events happening in our village. So, we contacted Claire Ayres, the Community Manager and went along to the Promoters evening at Fremington Quay Café. We applied for Sam Green, who was a sell out! Black Voices then filled All Saints Church, just before Christmas, and helped with the fundraising appeal to repair the Church tower. Since then we’ve been lucky to have many music, dance and theatre shows in North Molton…

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