Friday, 9 March 2018


Young film makers at Petroc college in Barnstaple have produced two short videos to help promote the work of Survivors Alliance North Devon (SAND). SAND provides a specialist counselling service in north Devon for adults who have suffered from sexual abuse or rape and their non-offending family members. Two groups of learners from the foundation learning programme at Petroc worked with community film maker Amanda McCormack from North Devon Moving Image (NDMI). They chose SAND from a number of local charitable organisations who pitched for the free digital media support.
Director of SAND, Karen Black says; "We were so delighted and felt privileged to be chosen by the students to design a multi media campaign that would help raise our profile in North Devon. The whole process was made simple and fun by both the students and Amanda and we were highly impressed with the level of student interest and maturity relating to this difficult subject. We are over the moon that through this project many more people in this area will be able to receive help from Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC, and realise that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Chantal Tonks, lead tutor on the Foundation Learning programme at Petroc adds; "The project is really beneficial to our learners, not only to find out more about the services that are available to them in their community but to support an organisation that they have chosen to raise awareness for and to take responsibility for the way the project is delivered. When they see the final results of their work it gives each learner a sense of pride and achievement at completing a media project, that can seem initially challenging, but through learning new skills and working together they have created something that is creative and meaningful."

Petroc survivors alliance project
Petroc Digital Media Project for SAND
Petroc Digital Media Project 2017 for SAND
Petroc Digital Media Project for SAND
Petroc Digital Media Project 2017 for SAND - Petroc learners and Russell from SAND
Petroc Digital Media Project 2017 for SAND - Petroc learners and Russell from SAND (Top Right)
Tap here to watch the films on the NDMI website 
Tap here to find out more about Survivors Alliance North Devon

Thursday, 8 March 2018

WHAAM - Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase Concert Friday 20th April

WHAAM YOUTH CONCERT - Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase representing North Devon’s youth bands, singers and choirs performing in aid of the Royal National Life Institution's Appledore Lifeboat Station.

WHAAM - Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase Concerts have been in popular demand to showcase the talents of North Devon’s YOUTH BANDS, SINGERS AND CHOIRS featuring a broad spectrum of music from rock ’n roll bands to folksy bands and individual singers, from youth theatre groups, senior schools and colleges and pantomimes.

THIS EVENT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHOWCASE THEIR MUSICAL TALENTS IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE – to gain experience, enhance their confidence in performing and confirm that “North Devon’s Got Talent!”

WHAAM YOUTH will take place at The Pier House, Westward Ho!, one of the top entertainment venues in the region.

WHAAM YOUTH will be officially opened by Tony Merrill, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Appledore.

Acts include some of the categories mentioned above and one or two “special features” included in the programme – a fantastic line-up as follows:-
Dance Fit Belly Dance Divas
Westward Ho! Theatre Group/ Rob Stirzaker (singer/performer)
Jess Martyn
Kingsley School Choir
Ella Crossland
Yazzy Chamberlain

There will also be a Grand Raffle in aid of the RNLI.
Lucy Lowe of EPIC Event Management has joined the team.
The Sound Engineers are Phatdog Events – Dean Kersey and Steve
WHAAM - Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase Concert Friday 20th April from 6.00pm to 10.30pm at The Pier House, Westward Ho!
Doors open at 6.00pm and the entertainment will run continuously from 6.30 to 10.30pm with a short break at 9.05pm for the Grand Raffle. 
Tickets £6 Adults, children under16 free from Café Italia Pizzeria, The Co-operative Food, Kitemark-Surf & Kite Shop of Westward Ho! and Market Street Kitchen of Appledore.
On the door or via Facebook:
For further information contact John Barton 
Email: - Tel: 07725 056 094