1. Black Lives Matter

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    This week, during our digital youth work session with our Ambition For Media group, we paused our usual creative activities and games to make space to discuss the current events surrounding police brutality and racial tensions in the US. During their insightful and moving conversation, one of the young people shared a significant gospel song which resonated with her. The lyric from this song rings very true: “when black boys are killed, we need to say something, and if we don’t say something, we are saying something.”

    We took a moment to watch the trailer for ‘Riot from Wrong’ created by Fully Focused Productions, reminding us that these tensions and issues are not unique to the US.

    A conclusion which arose from our discussion was the necessity for white people to really open their eyes to racism around them, and take the time to explore uncomfortable truths. There is a lot of powerful media that serves as helpful resources to educate and raise awareness. A quick google of “anti-racist [books/ films/ podcasts/ etc” is a good start. As film enthusiasts we have gathered a small selection of films, exploring relevant themes, which you can see below.

    Riot From Wrong
    “On the 4th day of the riots, in the face of the devastation and destruction, surrounded by negativity and misconception, 19 passionate young people from across London came together to take positive action.
    The critically acclaimed, eye opening documentary RIOT FROM WRONG is a result of that positive action.”


    Full Film:

    The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson
    “Marsha P Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified “transvestite and drag queen” who used she/her pronouns. She was also a key player in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Though her untimely death was initially ruled a suicide, this documentary sees activist Victoria Cruz try to find justice for her friend.”


    Full documentary viewable on Netflix

    Black and Scottish
    “Racism is not just an American issue, as this BBC watch proves.
    Featuring the likes of Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education) and other prominent Black Scots, this short documentary sees film-maker Stewart Kyasimire ask, ‘what does it really mean to be Black and Scottish?’”

    Watch on BBC iplayer:

    Glasgow’s Slave Trade Past Is All Around Us
    On a similar note, this short YouTube video from BBC The Social highlights Glasgow’s history with the slave trade:

    Finally, viewing some videos on YouTube is a way to donate money to Black Lives Matter through simply pressing play. Revenue from adverts will be donated to BLM charities, check out the link for more information:

  2. New Job Available at Plantation Productions

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    An exciting opportunity is available at Plantation Productions on a 12 month contract for an Admin/Project Support Assistant working 25 hours over 5 days.  This post would suit someone starting out in their career, looking to take their skills to the next level.  It is a varied role working with a small team.

    The job is funded through the SCVO Community Jobs scheme and all candidates must meet the criteria set (see ).  Application and eligibility forms are available at your local job centre and you must be unemployed at the time of application.

    Your duties will include assisting the Office Manager with the day to day administration of a community arts and media charity.  To assist other members of staff as required and set up/support projects and groups running within the charity.

    • Answering the phone and passing on messages to relevant staff
    • Responding to information requires from the local community
    • Maintaining general office supplies
    • Opening/closing the charities premises
    • Setting up for meetings and group activities
    • Research, note and record keeping
    • Maintaining files and contacts databases
    • General administrative duties
    • Marketing, including social media

    Basic Criteria

    • Experience of using MS Office Suite, Laptops and/or Macs
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Good communication skills including interpersonal, verbal and written
    • Able to problem solve and work on own initiative
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize
    • Flexible and willing to contribute to the success of the team
    • Attention to detail, keeping accurate records and notes

    Desirable Criteria

    • Previous admin experience/qualifications
    • Interest and/or experience in arts & media
    • Marketing/social media
  3. World Mental Health Day

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    Happy World Mental Health Day readers! To celebrate we thought we’d do a wee post to say a bit about our work towards positive mental health at Creative Steps.

    The Creative Steps programme is a highly successful programme which has been developing for several years, drawing on our experience of working with mental health service-users.  We believe that joining a peer support group with arts and crafts activities can have a big impact on mental health. It’s a chance to get out of the house, make friends, have a blether, get the creative juices flowing, overcome personal challenges, and to spend time with others who are in the same boat.

    What do our members say?

    It is important for us to get feedback on the project from our members. We’ve organised a few sessions over the past month for the groups to have a wee chat about the project and the effect it has had on their mental health. Here are some highlights:

    • ‘I feel safe and secure in class and supported by everyone. I’m so pleased that I started this class because I find it therapeutic doing crafts, especially in a group’
    • ‘I feel so much better after the group. I try to remember that good feeling when I don’t want to leave the house’
    • ‘I feel like I’m part of the world now’
    • ‘I used to think that I was the only one with mental health problems, but I’ve realised lots of people struggle and that I’m not alone’
    • ‘Being part of this project has given me the confidence to volunteer running craft groups myself’

    These comments speak for themselves! It’s clear from these powerful messages that everyone in the groups can be proud of their journey and the support they provide each other every week 😊.

    What can I do if I’m struggling with mental health problems?

    Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, the good news is that there is lots of support available for those who need it.  Here are some of the services you can contact for support:

    Breathing Space – a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
    Call 0800 83 85 87

    – for counselling, stress management and group work
    Call 0141 552 4434

    Samaritans – offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you
    Call 0141 116 123; Email

    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – support for men
    Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day; Visit the webchat page

    Join Creative Steps!

    Entry is by referral if you are currently experiencing depression or anxiety or any other mental health condition. Contact Gallery 966 in Govan Tel. 0141 387 2596, Email

    Members making wreaths in the group this morning!

  4. King and Queen on Green

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    Final day of our D.A.F.T. Media Summer sessions.  Filming, acting and fun.  Thanks to our amazing Amanda for her brilliant workshops and planning.  A great time had by all.  Wishing everybody happy holidays, and look forward to seeing everyone when the clubs start back on Wednesday 15th August.



  5. New Job Post!

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    An exciting opportunity has come up for someone new to join our team!

    A one year contract for the position of Production Assistant is available, which will involve undertaking a range of supported project learning creative media skills for production and acting as general admin assistant to the team. This will include general administration/office duties, setting up for groups/activities, assisting with all elements of creative media projects, research, interviewing, facilitation, film production/editing, communications, social media, marketing, project development, content generation, digital production and community development work. A chance for additional training opportunities will also be possible with this role.

    Closing date for applications is Friday the 27th of July. You must be between 16 and 29 years old, and must currently be unemployed. For full details on the position click here, if you are interested please contact your local jobcentre and ask them for an application form.


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    What an achievement for our 5-10 year olds last week when, after just 7 weeks of rehearsals, set design, singing and acting lessons, they performed “The Winter King and The Summer Queen” drama to their friends and families.  Thanks to the brilliant Claudie Layden for pulling this together in such a short space of time.  Lots of happy faces.


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    So proud of our young D.A.F.T. Media members and their parents for taking part in Audio Recordings for the BBC “Own It” website and Radio 4’s “Listening Project”.  They all did so well,and can look forward to their conversations being aired in the next few months.  

  8. The Seniors are Dressed to Impress!

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    The Seniors have been at the Dressing Up box again … but what’s their excuse this time?  A Panto?  A Play?  A photo shoot?   Watch this space over the next few weeks to find out.



  9. NEWS: Big Lottery Funding – Creative Steps Programme

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    We are delighted to announce that the Creative Steps programme has been awarded 3 years BIG Lottery funding! This is not only a much appreciated investment in the future of the Creative Steps programme but also a great endorsement of the power of creative participation.

    Creative Steps is a person-led programme working in partnership with mental health resource centres, local GP surgeries, and the community. Using creativity as a tool for engagement, to develop and share skills, building relationships and networks, this innovative programme supports individuals to manage their mental well being from place of treatment back into the wider community.


  10. World Mental Health Day

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    It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay.

    The stigmatising of mental health problems is something we believe shouldn’t exist. Every person will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their life and it’s vital we’re all there for one another.

    If you’re suffering from mental illness, know you’re never alone. Seek support. Take care of yourself and each other.





    Support Contacts

    SAMARITANS – 116 123

    BREATHING SPACE – 0800 83 85 87

    LIFELINKS  – 0141 552 4434







  11. Kidz Club & The Magical Mystery Museum

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    Huge welcome to all our new Kidz Club members this session.  Delighted to have Vickie Beesley back and leading the adventure to create Plantation’s very own Magical Mystery Museum (of Magnificent Makes)….. Watch this space!



  12. Volunteer at Glasgow 2018!

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    Looking to play your part in sporting history? Want to be involved in the experience of a lifetime? Then apply to be a volunteer at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships!

    Taking place from the 2nd till the 12th of August 2018, the European Championships will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of European Champions during an 11-day celebration of world class sport.
    It’s a chance to meet new people and develop skills, roles range from accreditation, to media, to technology, to sports and cultural roles. There’s something for everyone!

    Specific arrangements can also be make sure that those suffering from long term health conditions, disabilities or the elderly have roles that suit their ability levels or cater to their needs.

    Interested? Volunteer today at 
    If you have any other questions or would like to request an application form in an alternative format, contact the Volunteer Team on 0141 276 1818 or email at

  13. Charming The Worms (and hopefully the locals) of Govan!

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    Huge thanks to Joanne Dempster, from the Glasgow Science Centre, who took us all ‘Worm Charming’ in Elder Park today.   And to finish off our brilliant 2017 Kidz Summer Club, check out the charming “Welcome To Govan” display in The Portal window the next time you’re passing.  Happy Holidays!


  14. New Job Post!

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    An exciting opportunity has come up for someone new to join our team!

    A one year contract for the position of Production Assistant is available, which will involve undertaking a range of supported project learning creative media skills for production and acting as general admin assistant to the team. This will include general administration/office duties, setting up for groups/activities, assisting with all elements of creative media projects, research, interviewing, facilitation, film production/editing, communications, social media, marketing, project development, content generation, digital production and community development work.  A chance for additional training opportunities will also be possible with this role.

    Closing date for applications is Friday the 21st of July. You must be between 16 and 29 years old, and must currently be unemployed. For full details on the position click here, if you are interested please contact your local jobcentre and ask them for an application form.

  15. D.A.F.T. Media Hits The Floor!

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    Great fun had by all at D.A.F.T. (Drama, Arts, Film & TV) Media session last night.  Our new club runs for 10-14 year olds on Wednesdays from 6.30-8.30pm at The Portal.  All welcome.

  16. It’s good to be D.A.F.T. sometimes ….

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    Welcome to Wednesday nights at Plantation and our new D.A.F.T. Media Club.  Named by our fantastic group of 10-14 year olds who can’t wait to express their creativity through Drama, Arts, Film & Television (D.A.F.T).  The club runs 6.30-8.30pm at The Portal.  All welcome.

  17. Best Wishes!

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    We are pleased to announce that the two lucky winners of our “Xmas Wish for Govan” prize draw (as randomly drawn by Audrey and Andrew, pictured above) are Elizabeth Baillie and Roseanne McKee who each find themselves in receipt of £30 worth of High Street Vouchers just in time for a Xmas treat.

    To be entered in the draw, all you had to do on the night was make a wish for Govan for 2017, and the people of Govan made over 150 amazing Christmas wishes. If the Christmas Fairy is listening, then 2017 will grant us (in no particular order)…

    A swimming pool, better play areas, a skatepark and community gardens.
    Good health, peace, happiness and prosperity.
    No more Child Poverty or homelessness.
    More and better jobs for everybody.
    A bustling Saturday market and bigger, better shops.
    Cleaner streets and safer roads.
    A bridge to Patrick.
    A heritage trail, planters and good cycle lanes.
    More family and community events, full of song, laughter and community spirit.
    A youth centre, with lots to do for young people.
    Our own Christmas Lights.
    A Light and Sound sensory park for Children.
    Toilets and a big playpark for Elderpark.
    To keep going from strength to strength.
    Much less rain and plenty of Sunshine, and last, but by no means least…
    a big wish for a Merry Christmas for all humans (and dogs).

    May all YOUR wishes come true for 2017.

  18. Create Crew attend ceremony @ BAFTA

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    Three members of Plantation’s fantastic “Create Crew” represented the group at a prestigious awards ceremony at BAFTA, London, on Thursday night.

    Their investigative documentary, “Poverty: Our Hidden Shame?”, was nominated for the ‘Inspiration Award’ at this year’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research in Film Awards. The ceremony celebrated short films that have been made about the arts and humanities and their influence on communities.

    Unfortunately we didn’t win the category, but we did have great fun trying! Many congratulations to everyone in the Create Crew for their brilliant work on the film and for being nominated.




  19. Fairfields Heritage Centre Film

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    We recently uploaded an excerpt from a promotional film we were commissioned to produce for the Fairfields Heritage Centre, (where the full film can be seen in its entirety) . If you haven’t yet visited the centre, we would most definitely recommend it – the Heritage Centre is jam packed with fascinating exhibits telling the stories of the people and communities from the heyday of Shipbuilding, and the building itself is a stunning example of restoration and regeneration.

    The centre is open on Weekdays from 1-4pm and is located at 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4XS.

    Film available to view at the link below

    More information on Fairfields Heritage here

  20. Govan Housing Association Photo Competition

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    Govan Housing Association’s Social media pages are re-launching this week and they have a great competition running…

    To enter all you have to do is take a picture of something or somewhere in Govan and post it online using the hashtag #capturegovan. The best photo will be chosen by Govan HA staff team and the winner will receive a framed print of their winning photo and a Nikon Coolpix L340 20MP28x zoom Bridge Camera.

    Entries close on Friday 13th May and the winner will be announced on Monday 16th May.

    They already have the ball rolling by posting a few that you can search for using the hashtag. Everyone is welcome to participate and get involved.

    If anyone has any questions about the competition or any ideas where we could display them please contact Govan Housing Association directly.

    To follow Govan Housing Association’s news directly visit: <> <>

  21. Regenerating Govan Through Film Screening

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    As part of this year’s Radical Film Network Festival, we are presenting a showcase of our work over the years. Films on Govan’s past and present, told from the people who live here. We are pleased to welcome guest speaker, filmmaker Dr Kirsten McLeod who will discuss her previous work in Govan alongside some of our local filmmakers.

    The screening will be on Monday the 2nd of May, from 1pm to 3pm, and will be held here at Plantation Productions.

    Regenerate Govan Final


  22. Clydeside Story: NOW ONLINE

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    No, really! We can’t believe it’s two years since we braved the cold at the Harland & Wolff shed for the stunning performance of Clydeside Story. Two years, since we watched in awe as the Kidz Club, the Create Crew, Arden Chillout, SWAMP, Vivace and Brightnight International took to the 3 stages under a fantastic light and laser show.   The project was filmed throughout and we premiered the film at the BBC Quay Festival during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.   Last year, to celebrate the 1st anniversay, we screened the film at the Pearce Institute.

    Now – two years on – take a seat, sit back and enjoy Clydeside Story: The Movie.


  23. Don’t Hate, Animate!

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    Our latest Well Said project is in full swing, this time using the timeless art of animation to raise awareness of Hate Crime.

    The project aims to provide an introduction to all aspects of the animation process, with our participants researching and brainstorming ideas, writing their own scripts and producing their own short animations.

    The group is currently having fun experimenting with different forms of animation. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. Watch this space!

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  24. Help To Raise Funds

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    A group of forgotten champion boxers who emerged from one tough street in Barrowfield. Only one was destined to take home gold.

    This is the remarkable story of Bobby Mallon a Boxer from Barrowfield, Glasgow who despite his visual impairment went on to win the Gold medal at the 1962 Commonwealth games in Perth, Australia as an amateur Flyweight. In his eventful career Bobby fought over 300 opponents as an Amateur Flyweight and Bantamweight, and fought and won against the likes of Alan Rudkin, Jim Watt and John McCluskey. Bobby also won an ABA title and 5 western district medals at 3 different weights.

    Despite his successes Bobby Mallon has been forgotten.

    This film will trace his life story from his humble beginnings, triumphs in the ring and finally his return home as a hero to the Scottish people. We will take a look at the story of the boxers that emerged from the same street as Bobby and the legacy they have left behind.

    If you’re interested in helping to fund this film you can do so here:

  25. And the Winner of the I-Pad Mini is….

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    We are delighted to announce that WILL LANCASHIRE is the lucky winner of the I-pad Mini, drawn at the Bead N Blether Xmas party on Wednesday 18th December.

    For those of you who didn’t win we send you our warmest wishes for the festive season and hope that Santa is good to you all. Please continue to follow our blog during 2014 for the latest news on our projects, films and events throughout the year.

    Have a very merry Xmas everybody!
    Portal Christmas Card

  26. The Portal wins Best Practice in Creative Regeneration SURF Awards 2013

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    We are delighted to announce that the Portal picked up the SURF Award for “Best Practice in Creative Regeneration” which was presented by Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, on Wednesday 4 December. This is fantastic recognition of all the creative work going on in the area, and in particular, of the Greater Govan community who are celebrated through this award.
    The Portal partners would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, volunteers, participants, artists, community organisations, arts organisations and stakeholders, who make this project successful. We are all looking forward to a busy year for Glasgow 2014.

    “Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to deliver the national SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. The purpose of the annual SURF Awards process is:

    • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
    • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
    • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities

    With support from the Scottish Government, SURF will be arranging a series of study visits and workshops in the spring of 2014 to explore transferable lessons from the success of the winning SURF Awards projects. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the area and to support and strengthen partnerships.”

    Andy Milne, Chief Executive of SURF, said: “In these hard times, we are all keen to make the most of existing assets and successful initiatives. Every year, the SURF Awards highlight just how much great work is already being done in community regeneration all over Scotland. Sustaining and sharing that success is essential, both economically and socially.”

    Why did the judging panel like it?
    ‘The judges witnessed and were impressed with the joint vision and strong partnership working across all aspects of the project, which has successfully transformed derelict buildings into creative spaces that respond to the heritage of Govan. The Portal has enabled local groups to establish creative partnerships not just in Govan, but with other communities and organisations from across Glasgow. The project was selected as the winner because of the substantial involvement and drive from local people in creating a vibrant community focal point, and its considerable success in supporting the establishment and sustainability of new voluntary arts groups.’
    Congratulations to all the short-listed and winning projects from across Scotland whose inspirational work was showcased at the event, well done everybody!





  27. Community Media Cafe at The Portal

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    Last week I learned a very important lesson about blogging – stay away from the “publish” button til you’ve got it right!…apologies to those of you who were trying to make head or tail of last week’s “Community Media Cafe” blog.

    You may have deduced that we are hosting a Community Media cafe, (led by Jennifer Jones from Digital Commonwealth) on Tuesday 10th December (2-4pm). More details and booking info can be found on the link below. It looks like a great event for anyone wanting to make the most of their social media (I’ll definitely be there!).

  28. Halloween Unders Music Night

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    Time to dust off the spooky glad rags again and get yourself along to the Halloween Party of the Year at Plantation Productions. Feevents has organised another brilliant ‘Unders Music Night’ with a Halloween twist on Friday 1st November (6.30-9pm) at The Portal. 6 brilliantly talented artists, fancy dress competition and party games… Be afraid, be very afraid … this party may contain nuts!

  29. Kidz Club gearing up for “Clydeside Story”

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    Our busy Friday Kidz Club is going from strength to strength with the brilliant Drama Workshops from Vickie from Versace Theatre School. The group are coming up with some great ideas and working hard towards “Clydeside Story”. Keep up the good work guys!

  30. Rapper Loki connects with Drop In

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    Great session at the Connect Zone Drop In last night when the Club were visited by Scottish rapper, Loki.
    After an amazing performance set, Loki did a Q&A with the group. Looking forward to the next 2 weeks when he’ll be running song writing workshops, mentoring the group to write and perform some great rap songs of their own. Who knows, some of them may appear in “Clydeside Story”. If you want to get involved, it’s 6-8pm, Thursday evenings, at The Portal.

  31. The Portal Fun Day – Don’t Rain On Our Parade

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    The weather may have rained us out but we didn’t let that deter us from having a blast at The Portal fun day last month.  Rolling 3 events into one, such multi-taskers are we, we celebrated the new look Portal, launched our new Arts and Culture Programme, and also our new website, over an afternoon of fun-filled chaos.

    The day was abuzz with a whole hubbub of activity going on around us.  From live music to football; from face-painting to circus skills; from arts and crafts to a community exhibition, there really was something to suit the whole family.  We even brought a taste of the Caribbean to Govan with our juice bar – which went down an absolute triumph!

    It was also the first chance to catch the premier of our brand new promotional film ‘500 Days of (Scottish) Summer’, an aptly named piece given mother nature’s climate! The promo video, which can be found on our website page, received a great reception from all who saw it and who no doubt went home happy and with ‘Hall & Oates’ stuck in their head.

    You can check out our pictures from the event on our facebook page, there are more to be added, but it gives a starter, and if you yourself took any, then feel free to add them too and don’t forget that by signing up to our newsletter you will be entered into a draw to win an ipad mini.

    All in all it was a great day for the team, volunteers and hopefully for all of you!  And we showed that it takes more than a puddle or two (or three…or four…or…) to dampen our spirits.

    By Samantha Devoy, Administration Assistant.

  32. The Portal Fun Day – we’re all made up

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    The final count down to the Portal Fun Day and we are all up to our eyes in preparations!

    We had the great idea of rolling 3 events into 1 and are now realising maybe we have bitten off more than we can chew!

    That said we are really looking forward to Saturday and the launch of our Arts & Culture programme, the new look Portal and of course the new website, which has been designed and developed by the wonderful team at Post Creative. Post Creative have been working away for the last 4 months getting the site structure and design in place and now we are desperately trying to populate it. We are delighted with the the end product and hope you like it too. We will be continuing to update the site with new projects and information and are working on uploading our archive of over 100 films made in the local community. Please take time to browse through this fantastic new resource, you never know who you might know or what you could take part in!


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