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Actors, skaters and residents spend time with PCC


Sue Mountstevens at Weston College with actors, producers and technicians from a 'Life from a Window' film

Listening to residents was the focus of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens latest community day in North Somerset.

Sue visited Weston College to view a film about anti-social behaviour made in collaboration with Theatre Orchard and the Bornville Community Theatre.

Theatre Orchard originally received £4,800 from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund to produce a play about anti-social behaviour with the Bornville Community Theatre. The play was performed last summer and in November, 2015 the group reformed to produce a film with Homespun Films, Weston College and Made in Bristol.

The short film - Life From a Window, was created with residents from Borneville. Theatre Orchard, Creative Producer Fiona Matthews said: “We’ve been really lucky to work with the Bornville Community Theatre, Bristol residents, Weston College and young people from Weston. We workshopped ideas and discussed experiences of anti-social behaviour through a community framework and with the back drop of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We’ve worked hard to involve those affected by the issues portrayed in the film. Our focus now is on getting the film out to a wider audience.”

Bornville Community Theatre Actor, Telemicus Jones has lived on Bornville for 11-years and says that the theatre has changed his outlook. He said “The project has helped me, I’m not confident in life but I’m confident on the stage and my confidence has grown.”

Following surgery appointments with residents at Weston Town Hall, Sue then visited the All Healthy Living Centre to meet residents attending a lunch club. Sue discussed her latest consultation on the next Police and Crime Plan and talked about her focus as Police and Crime Commissioner over the next four-years.

South Ward resident Mo Morris, who was at the lunch club said: “It’s nice to be listened to and for the Commissioner to take the time to meet us and to hear what we’ve got to say.”

Next Sue Mountstevens visited Nailsea Skatepark to see first-hand the new park being used by children and young people and to meet the people behind the project. Nailsea Skatepark was awarded £1,000 from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and officially opened on July 8.

Nailsea Skatepark project lead Phil Williams said: “I’m delighted Sue could see the skatepark in use and the range of children and young people who are here every day. A small team of people have been campaigning and fundraising really hard for nearly two-years and it’s wonderful to now see everyone enjoying the park. We are really proud of how popular it is.”


Posted on Thursday 14th July 2016
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