Coping with Covid – Films from Four Torridge Villages
Village communities’ films capture cheerful and caring response to lockdown
As we can finally see an end in sight for the current lockdown we’re able to release a set of inspiring village films capturing how our amazing communities reacted and supported each other during this tough time, looking right back to the start!
Four Torridge villages took part in a project coordinated by Torrington 100 and funded by Devon County Council to help record this moment in our history and bring people together in the process. Village volunteers from Petrockstowe, Monkleigh, Littleham and Taddiport all became film experts using their phones to capture views of village life. Their footage was then edited together by two expert documentary makers who live locally. The films feature everything from a vicar taking to the belltower to peel the bell for a 100th birthday to a magnificent family tribute band, a virtual pub get together, children’s home garden sports days, a poignant poem, a wedding anniversary and a funeral, scenic walks by the Torridge and comments about the many kindnesses and care offered during lockdown.
The original intention was to share them in real events to reunite the villages last Autumn but that was not to be! By releasing them now T100 hopes to offer a cheerful picture of how incredibly resilient and supportive our communities are and a reminder that better days are round the corner.
Huge thanks to our funders, Devon County Council, the film makers, Sally Goodger – Monkleigh; Nixie James-Scott – Taddiport; Andrew Tregoning – Littleham; Jennie Wright and Ann Luxton – Petrockstowe. Also to the dedicated film editors Martin Pailthorpe and Martin Kemp.