Lottery boost for Tea Room Arts

TEA Room Arts in South Cadbury has been awarded a National Lottery Awards for All grant of almost £10,000 for a film project in the Vale of Camelot.

From its base in Chapel Cross Tea Rooms, Tea Room Arts hosted a short series of community workshops in the basic use of digital equipment. Somerset Film, which provides media training for community groups, ran the sessions, which have stimulated a desire for a more focused programme, with more in depth training, to celebrate the Camelot area.

Rose Adams, who chairs Tea Room Arts, said: “We want to use digital technology to capture the spirit of community in the villages of Camelot, to give voice to the isolated, encourage dialogue, raise aspiration and promote cohesion and tolerance across the generations.

“We would like to engage professional support and additional resources from Somerset Film to train a group of volunteers, to help them, through sound recording, film and photography, document and present the stories of all our community groups and activities.”

The aim is to create a touring exhibition that shows the Pride of Camelot, which can be shown in village halls, schools and other local spaces.

Tea Room Arts recently set up the Holman Hub digital media centre, using a range of computers, film and photography equipment that they inherited. The funding will help to buy more up to date equipment and provide training for local people. The first two training sessions are on Thursday 25th October at 7pm and Saturday 24th November at 10am. For more information email tearoomarts@nullgmail.com.

Pictured: Participants at a Somerset Film digital workshop at the Holman Hub, Chapel Cross Tea Rooms