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.”

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/WBsiYz9Eabs

    Full Film: https://youtu.be/OkeKQl56-7c

    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.”

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/pADsuuPd79E

    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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00098n0/black-and-scottish

    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. AFM ONLINE: Video Game Character Design Challenge

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    Hi all,

    This week AFM have selected the challenge to create video game characters. You can design as many or as few characters as you like.
    You can draw the character using a simple but effective pen and paper, you could go for some cosplay and get some photos dressed up as the character, or if you’re feeling fancy/ technical you could draw them on an iPad or a laptop.

    Although we are setting this challenge for the AFM club, we’d be really happy for anyone else to participate, whether you attend Plantation or not. You can share your work with us via our facebook page or twitter @PlantationP.


    The main character: for this one you have complete freedom to unleash your imagination.

    The evil one: a thief, a monster or maybe a witch? You may want to think about their relationship to the main character. Are they enemies, if so, why? What threat do they pose to the character or the world that they are a part of? Make them as gruesome or perilous as you wish.

    The helper: whether a wizard with great wisdom, a trusty side-kick or a kind stranger, this character will lend your main character a helping hand.

    Tip #1: Create a moodboard of ideas from video games, films or books that you enjoy.

    Tip #2: Clothing and silhouette can be two of the most eye-catching and memorable components to your character.

    Useful Resources

    www.emwelsh.com/blog/video-game-world – blog post on creating video game characters

    https://yesimadesigner.com/10-principles-of-character-illustration/ – video on 10 principles of character illustration

    https://youtu.be/7FX6eT4hw_Q – character designs and what we learned from them

    https://www.skillshare.com/projects/How-to-Design-a-Video-Game-Character/137870 – video game character design how to

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxNUIRVOmMw – character design step by step drawing how to

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/luckow/which-classic-video-game-character-are-you-8sq55n8hvh?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharepinterest – and finally for a bit of fun, buzzfeed quiz on which video game character you are

    AFM – Remember that we will be sharing our designs and ideas on Wednesday so get them to us BY TUESDAY via Telegram or email. We can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  3. Plantation Updates

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    We hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the sunshine- even if it is from indoors.

    Plantation Productions remains closed due to Covid-19, however we have continued to provide support and inspiring activities for our participants and community, as well as working together to develop exciting plans for the future.

    Some highlights from the last few weeks:Two Creative Steps care packages have been sent out, featuring an array of creative activities that can be done at home with simple materials, as well as info on staying healthy and calm. 

    • A Creative Steps blog has been set up, with plenty of fun creative activities and can be found here: https://www.creativesteps.org.uk/ I fancy trying out the sewing tutorial myself!

    • Ambition For Media digital sessions will begin next Wednesday. Each week our participants will vote on the activities that the Youth Team offer, from photography competitions to horror story writing.
    • We will be sharing at home activities for young people and kids on our social media, under the themes of ‘stay active’ ‘stay calm’ ‘stay informed’ and ‘stay entertained’.
    • Two care packages for our Seniors Film Club have been sent out, highlights of which included the Govan Quiz, seated yoga and info on local resources.

    Let us know if you have enjoyed our distance activities, and if you have any suggestions for anything you’d like to see during the upcoming weeks.

    Take care and stay safe!


  4. Random Act of Kindness Week

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    “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Caroline Flack

    This week is #RandomActofKindnessWeek. In light of recent tragic events, a week that celebrates spreading kindness could not have come at a better time. 

    It is important to see kindness as an essential part of our nature and lifestyle, not something completely random, although the following ‘random’ acts are a good way to start. Although some may seem little to you, they will definitely have a big impact on someone else’s day:

         1. Donate or gift a form of media that has inspired you.

    This could be a song, film or book that has had a positive and uplifting impact on your life.

    It’s completely free of cost and not only may it inspire someone as much as it did for you, but it will let the receiver know that you are thinking of them. Can’t think of someone who would appreciate it? Donate it to a library, charitable organisation or second hand shop. 

         2. Leave a supportive comment on someone’s social media.

    Simple! Be nice to someone online today. And next time you think of commenting something negative online, take a moment to question how this will be perceived by others.

         3. Journal your gratitude. 

    Gratitude journaling is a bit of a fancy way of saying write down what you are grateful for. This could be in a diary, post-it, or even your phone notes. Maybe you are grateful for your body (show yourself some kindness!), your dog or a friend. If someone specific pops into your head share the love and let them know. Look back on what you have written if you are ever feeling blue.

         4. Prepare someone a home-cooked meal.

    It could be someone that you love, or a stranger that you think needs it. Eat with them (no phones or distractions) and enjoy each other’s company as well as the beautiful meal that you have created from scratch.

         5. Write a card or letter to someone from the past who impacted you positively.

    ‘Dear old friend…’ Is there someone who you are sometimes reminded of, that you wish to thank or don’t talk to as much as you should? This is the sign that you should reach out to them. Can’t think of anyone? Write to your younger self and admire just how far you have come. 

    Let us know if you try any out!

  5. A spooktacular Halloween!

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    The kidz club have been carrying out some really interesting and spooooooky science experiments this month leading up to Halloween, making enchanting potions, concoctions, and some very…poorly looking pumpkins.

    But this week is party time,  and having a great time celebrating all things gloriously ghoulish.

    Faces: painted✔️
    Apples: dooked ✔️
    Mummies: wrapped ✔️
    Spooky Cookies: decorated ✔️
    Musical bumps: bumped✔️
    Musical statues: frozen ✔️
    Monster Catwalk: Stomped✔️
    Treats: munched ✔️
    Lots and lots of other games: played✔️

    Now for a really scary thought…only 54 days until Christmas.
    No, we won’t mention that yet……


  6. Seniors – Frankie was awarded a volunteer award fromThe British Heart Foundation.

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    Our very own Frankie has been awarded a British Heart Foundation volunteer award for his 12 years of service, how amazing is that!  We are all so proud of him.

    As it was volunteer week last week, Sunny Govan radio have interviewed Frankie about his dedication and achievements,  listen out for it on the radio this week!

    Back at base here in Plantation Productions Frankie and his fellow seniors have started a www. revolution on how to make the most of modern technology using Ipads.

    New members always welcome, if you fancy a cuppa and natter then please get in touch by calling Plantation Productions on: 0141 445 1666





  7. The Kidz Club get Snap Happy!

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    The Portal Kidz club got snap happy, and learned about the basics of portrait photography with our very own Ashleigh. They did an amazing job! The each took turns at sitting for, and taking these photographs, and the results speak for themselves! You can check out their portraits properly here.

    Check out their festive efforts  -using the green screen as a background, which Ashleigh then edited for the kids, allowing them to hand craft some some special xmas cards for their families.

    The kids loved learning this new skill, and learned a lot! This included how to work safely and as part of a team using unfamiliar equipment. We couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.

  8. In Memory of Gerry Gilmartin

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    It is with the deepest sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the death of our dear friend, Gerry Gilmartin.

    Gerry will be greatly missed here at Plantation Productions by all the staff, volunteers and people who had the pleasure of knowing him. In his role as Chairperson he has supported the development of Plantation Productions and contributed to the success of the Creative Steps to Wellbeing programme. Gerry has been a true advocate for the power of creativity and peer support in his role as Chairperson and also as a volunteer and participant.

    Everyone who’s had the privilege of working with Gerry always found him a caring and generous person and this is truly a great loss to us all and the community as a whole. On behalf of everyone at Plantation Productions we send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife Gillian and to all his friends and family. We will always remember Gerry with a smile upon our face.

  9. Dress Rehearsal Week

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    After just 7 weeks of preparation (learning lines, creating sets and gathering costumes), our brilliant Kidz Club groups have been putting the final touches to their Drama performances of “The Winter King and The Summer Queen”.   Can’t wait to see their incredibly cute performances next week.

  10. Sunshine and Yoga

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    Would you believe it? … 19 members of Kidz Club finally sitting down long enough to do 10 minutes of Yoga and relaxation in the Park.  Well done guys!  

  11. Plantation Productions – Data Protection Laws

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    As you might already be aware, new data protection laws have recently come into force and we’re taking measures to make sure all our information adheres to these changes.

    If you’re receiving this email, you will have subscribed to our blog through a method that is compliant with the new GDPR guidelines and there is no need to do anything if you wish to continue receiving updates from our projects.

    We hope you wish to stay with us to keep following Plantation Productions events and activities, but if you ever wish to unsubscribe, you will find an ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of every email we send you.

    Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with any questions.


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  12. Creative Steps Programme Group – Cre8

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    Thanks to all for their suggestions recently for a name for our newest group in the Creative Steps Programme and of course all the members.

    The name they have chosen is Cre8! The Cre8 group joined forces with Bead n Blether, Woolly Wednesday and Well Crafty to have stalls at the recent Govan Loves Xmas Event.

    Despite the early downpours, the event turned into a great success for all.  Well done everyone!

    Merry Christmas from everybody in Gallery 966! See you in the New Year!

  13. Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

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    It’s finally December so you know what that means?! PANTO/PLAY/THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE SEASON!

    The D.A.F.T Media group have been rehearsing their Christmas play The Wizard of Oz for the last few weeks and lovely Louise has been helping them learn their songs on the Pudsey piano.

    We’ve been filming the process of the production and the group’s experience of it which will be put out on our website in the New Year! Warning: The documentary might contain very cheeky comments!


  14. Plantation Productions AGM

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    We will be holding our annual AGM from 5pm – 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at The Portal, 978 Govan Road. G51 3AJ.

    We invite you to join us as we look back on our year, and look towards 2018. Following the formalities of electing our board, we plan to take in a film or two with one of your first mince pies of the season and some light snacks and refreshments.

  15. Happy New Year!

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    Happy new year!

    As we kickoff 2017 we would like to give you all an update on whats been happening here at Plantation Productions and some of the up-coming opportunities to get involved in:


    WELCOME TO GOVAN: As part of our Well Said! project the participants have created a welcome video for those who are arriving to Govan from far and wide. The videos have been translated by the participants into Tigrinya, Amharic and Arabic . The welcome video tells you where to go for support and advice in Govan and the surrounding areas. Click here to go to the website.









    BREAKING NEWS! … We finally have some free spaces for new members

    to join our KIDZ CLUB and a brand new ‘PORTAL YOUTH FILM CLUB’ at Plantation Productions.

    All the details are below.  To sign up, please phone 0141-445-1666 and ask for

    Jayne Henry, or drop by Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G513AJ,

    and pick up a membership form. We look forward to welcoming you.


    YOUTH PROJECTS from week commencing Monday 9th January, 2017:-


    Wednesdays 15:45-17:45 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    KIDZ CLUB (a fun and creative after school club aimed at 5-11 year olds).

    Activities include arts and crafts, drama, singing, music, filmmaking.


    Wednesdays 18:30-20:30 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    YOUTH FILM CLUB  (a creative club exploring filmmaking as an art form –

    aimed at 10-14 year olds).  Activities include interview skills, research,

    script writing, storyboarding, set design, filming and editing.


    Fridays 15:45-17:45 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    KIDZ CLUB (a fun and creative after school club aimed at 5-11 year olds).

    Activities include arts and crafts, drama, singing, music, filmmaking.


    Fridays 18:30-20:30 At the Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    CREATE CREW (a club aimed at young people aged 14-18 which explores

    all aspects of creativity from filmmaking to drama, music, and performance).


    NEW CERAMICS CLASS: Join us at AIR Space where you will be doing hand building, wheel work on the pottery wheel and jewelry making. The class will be starting on February 3rd 10-12pm at the AIR Space, 974 Govan Road, G51 3AJ . To sign up please call 0141-445-1666 and ask to speak to Julie-Anne Simm or drop by our office at Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ.

    We will keep you all posted with any new projects and opportunities that arise.

    Lets get 2017 off to a flying start!

  16. Govan Loves Xmas 2015 Lantern Parade

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    We would like to send our belated congratulations and thanks to local artist in residence, Fiona Fleming, and Plantation’s office manager Julie-Anne for all the great work in planning and co-ordinating this year’s lantern-making workshops with local schools for the Lights Switch On.

    Once again, the streets of Govan were lit up with these wonderful creations, hand made by local children from Riverside, St Saviours, Pirie Park and Ibrox primary schools.  Well done everyone!


  17. A Chilling Message from the Kidz Club

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    The minute Halloween passed the Kidz Club started thinking about Christmas, and have been working hard on their festive project for the last couple of weeks.

    They thought they’d take a quick break this evening though, to make sure you’ve all started getting ready for the big day. Only 37 days to go after all!


  18. They’re baaaaaaaack!!!!!

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    So after almost 3 weeks on from the Portal Highland Games Summer Camp, our little highland warriors are back at the Kidz Club,  all refreshed and looking forward to our next project. Today we relaxed with some games and arts & crafts, and discussed what we are doing next. Check out how much fun we had during the summer in our short video. Special thanks to Peter SaintMartin for editing.





  19. Creative Steps – Time Out Xmas Celebration

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    Time Out enjoyed a final Xmas session to end this year with a Sugar Craft class that was finger-lickingly good!! Iced snowmen, snowflakes and delicate flowers that need a steady hand and a sweet tooth. The class was such a success everyone is desperate to learn more about this craft. Well done to everyone for making the group so welcoming! We will re-commence on Tuesday 13th January and Karen will be back to share more Sugar Craft skills with us! You may see an extravagant wedding cake in our window one day!

  20. Seniors Film Club Photo Shoot

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    Great fun had by all at the Portal Seniors Film Club yesterday. Here they are posing for their latest photo shoot in preparation for their forthcoming “Happiness” Calendar. Watch this space!

    Seniors iack and marian psychedelic

    Seniors Jim Kane guitar

  21. Create Crew meet Sir Chris Hoy!

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    Our Brilliant Create Crew had a day to remember on Monday 28th July when they went filming at Pacific Quay as part of their ‘BBC Lab’ training project. Not only did they learn some interview and film making techniques, they got to meet and interview the lovely Sir Chris Hoy. Happy days!

  22. Creative Steps – Ibrox Library

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    Come along and visit Plantation Productions at our Commonwealth Craft Zone at Ibrox Library on Saturday 26th July 1.00-4.00 pm. The Commonwealth Family Day, hosted by Glasgow Life, will be full of fun for all the family. Visit our zone to try your hand at crafts from India, New Zealand, Jamaica and all the flags of the commonwealth in clay jewellery! See you there!

  23. Commonwealth Fun Day

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    To celebrate the arrival of the Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay in Govan, Plantation Productions will be partnering with Glasgow Life and local community organisations to host an afternoon of fun activities, arts and crafts, music, food and performance for all the family. Look out for Sunny Govan’s “Commonwealth of our Communities” radio booth and add you voice to the Commonwealth legacy!


    FACT: Did you know the Queens Baton, which has traveled the Commonwealth, was crafted here in Govan by the talented folk at Galgael? Let’s give it a big, warm welcome home!

    When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014: 12:00-4:00pm

    Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, G51 3UU

    Contact: Angela Ross, Plantation Productions: 0141 445 1666

  24. New 2014-15 Brochure Now Available

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    The new Plantation Productions “Making Art Matter” is now available for the year 2014-15. This years program is packed full of cultural events, workshops, exhibitions and projects with something to suit everyone. Making Art Matter aims to engage with a wider non-sports audience through creative activity that is meaningful and enjoyable for all, promoting the ethos and diversity of the Commonwealth.

    Please take a read through to see what exciting things we’ve got coming up and share round your networks!

    You can download an e-copy using the link below or drop in to the portal for a booklet.

    MAM booklet 2014 web

  25. Scrooge on Sunny Govan Radio tonight @ 7:30pm and every night until Christmas Eve.

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    Plantation Productions are proud to announce that The Seniors’ Film and Media Club’s Audio Adaptation of Charles Dickens immortal classic “A Christmas Carol” will be aired tonight on Sunny Govan Radio 103.5FM


    Jack Sweeney
    Robert Docherty
    Jim Kane
    Jean Muir
    Robert Preston
    Marion Sweeney
    Dorothy Docherty
    Nan Craig
    James McGhee
    Rowland Marshall
    Cathy Brown
    Sadie Barr
    Helen Brown
    and introducing little Sophie Jane Smith
    with special guest voices.

    Adapted by DC Barclay for Plantation Productions

    One Chapter Each Night, Starting tonight @ 7:30pm.

    20th of December : Stave One: Marley’s Ghost

    21st of December : Stave Two: The First of The Three Spirits

    22nd of December : Stave Three: The Second of The Three Spirits

    23rd of December : Stave Four: The Third of The Three Spirits

    Christmas Eve: Stave Five: The End of It



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    Portal Christmas Card

    Scrooge on Sunny Govan Radio tonight @ 7:30pm and every night until Christmas Eve.

    Scrooge on Sunny Govan Radio
    tonight @ 7:30pm and every night until Christmas Eve.

  27. Come, Hear The Music Play

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    Govan was abuzz on Friday night as ‘Life is A Cabaret’ rounded off the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival for the 5th year running. It was my first time attending and I can safely say it was an absolutely fantastic night!

    Stepping in at the last minute, the Johnstone Brass Band kicked proceedings off with some well-known numbers. They were followed by a flurry of talent; from singers to saxophonist and of course, not forgetting the Allsorts choir, whose atmosphere had all the audience joining in with both singing and the matching hand actions.

    The night ended on a high with ‘New York , New York’ blasting out the Pearce Institute .

    Can I reserve my ticket for next year now?


  28. Bah Humbug

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    Well, the Seniors read through of A Christmas Carol script went well. Jean Muir carried off her first crack as the The Ghost of Christmas Past with total believability.

    Jack Sweeney read as the miserly old skinflint, Mr Ebenezer Scrooge, while his wife Marion Narrated and voiced his long lost love Isabelle.

    The group are building up their confidence as actors, and I’m sure that before long, they will be caught up in the roles, and deliver performances so great, you’d think they were seasoned pros.

    Watch this space.

  29. Big Heap Thanks To You All For Subscribing :)

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    A big hello to you!!

    Plantation just wants to say a HUGE and heartfelt thank you to you for signing up to our blog and we hope that you are enjoying hearing of our exploits.

    As you’ll likely know its all go-go-go here (just for a change…)  The kid’s creative summer camp finished on a high with the Plantation day out to Blair Drummond Safari Park last month; The ‘Here’s Tae Yer Health’ film had its premiere in a fun-packed night just last week; and the crafts taster workshops proved to be a soaring success last month as the places were quickly snapped up AND on top of all that we still have our usual and ongoing workshops and projects to be getting on with: Bead ‘n Blether and Portal Seniors’ Film Club; to name but a few.

    We would love it if you could help us reach 100 subscribers, by telling friends, family and colleagues alike about our website and blog.  Everyone who subscribes will have the chance to win an iPad mini and the winner will be chosen at random once we’ve reached or gotten as close to our target as we can.

    So spread the word,  cross your fingers, search for a four-leaf clover and you never know…you may just be that lucky one.

    Good luck!

    And until next time…


  30. Week 4 Creative Summer Camp

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    Creative Summer Camp is going like a train … week 4 was a blast as the group interviewed and filmed each other, sang, danced, acted, explored wildlife in the ParkSONY DSC









    SONY DSC and created some beautiful artwork. There was hardly any time to eat all the delicious crispy cakes we made! Yum Yum.