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Community | 4th October 2021

Copshaw Holm on film


A SHORT film has been created showcasing the payoff from all the hard work the residents in Newcastleton have achieved within their community.

Titled ‘Our Story’ the 15-minute film details life in the village and what its residents have done to create a sustainable future.

It features interviews with Newcastleton Polysport chairwoman Libby Kennedy, Rock UK centre director Lee Musson, and Spar team member Robbie Turnbull.

With discussions centring around the multi-sport pitch and fitness gym, the bridge across the River Liddle, and the installation of the petrol station.

A Newcastleton & District Community Trust spokeswoman said the video showed Newcastleton as a showcase community for all that they have achieved over the past few years.

“It shows how the community is working together for the long-term sustainability of Newcastleton for future generations,” the spokeswoman said.

“The feedback has been excellent from other communities, influencers, stakeholders and individuals across the country.”

It was created by Development Trusts Association Scotland, which uses its expertise to inform, support and represent its members, of which Newcastleton & District Community Trust is one.

DTAS’s aim, and the film’s aim, is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise and encourages cooperation between its members to improve communities.

A DTAS spokesperson added that as the member organisation for the development trust network in Scotland with more than 330 members from Unst in Shetland, down to Portpatrick in the south west was to illustrate communities’ achievements.

“Part of our role as a member organisation is to help our members to tell their stories, highlighting their hard work and the impact that they have upon the communities in which they operate – particularly from a social, economic and environmental perspective,” they said.

“The film was created as part of DTAS’s annual conference and aims to tell wider audiences about the fantastic achievements of N&DCT, and highlighting the critical role of community-led regeneration in our communities.”

The video will be used as a peer learning resource for other community organisations within the network and beyond.

Its aim will be to highlight the work of the development trust movement in Scotland more generally.

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