Light, camera, job action for James

Posted: July 30, 2014 by Tamworth Council in Housing, Tamworth Council News
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James22674Tamworth student James Wood has landed a coveted apprenticeship working for two media companies – thanks to his involvement in a film aimed at tackling homelessness.

18-year-old James was at the Landau Forte Academy Sixth Form Centre and was looking for work in the media, film and TV industry – applying for work experience and media courses.

Then earlier this year, our Tamworth Homeless Education Programme (THEP) put out the call for young people to volunteer their talents to help create a film to take into the borough’s schools to spread the homelessness prevention message.

THEP works with Tamworth schools and other organisations to help prevent homelessness. The film was created to enhance the work already being done in schools with Year Six classes across the borough.

James was one of the talented young people who responded to the call, and worked with professional film makers Phenix Digital. He was involved in writing the script, creating the characters, providing voiceovers and acting.

Filming took place across Tamworth during the Easter holidays, with the finished 10-minute film was unveiled at the red carpet premiere at Tamworth Assembly Rooms, complete with an Oscars-style ceremony.

During the production of the film, James landed an interview with Stourbridge-based Tablet Academy and Born Communications, where his experience in the THEP film stood him in good stead, as a member of staff had previously worked with THEP and was impressed with what they did.

James has now started his apprenticeship and will be getting training from both Tablet Academy and Born Communications to widen his skills.

For Tablet Academy, he will be developing, illustrating and updating the website, while he will be involved in the production and editing of short films for Born Communications.

James said: “I’m really pleased that my experience working on the THEP film has helped me get this apprenticeship, as I have always wanted to work in film and media. My ultimate aim is to be able to design high-quality websites and produce videos as part of a team, as well an being involved with editing.”


MVP_4942A day-long summer extravaganza is set to attract thousands to Tamworth Castle Grounds next month – after a hugely successful debut last year.

The We Love Tamworth event will take over the Castle Grounds on Saturday August 23, promising fun for all the family. Last year’s event attracted 7,000 visitors and it is hoped that even more will come along this year.

We Love Tamworth runs from 11am to 4pm, with scores of fun events going on throughout the day.

The Castle Grounds will be alive with fairground rides, dog show, Lenny the Land Train, Tamworth’s strongest man competition, stalls and much more.

There will also be a Children’s Zone, featuring the Midsummer Magic storyteller, fairy stilt walker, petting zoo, giant games, face painting, balloon modelling and craft activities. Entry to the Zone will be £3 per child, with adults going free.

Amington Band will be adding some musical accompaniment to the day, performing in the Bandstand between 1pm and 4pm.

Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “Last year’s We Love Tamworth summer event was such a huge success that we decided to repeat it again this year. We are delighted to welcome it back to our calendar of outdoor events and hope that even more people than last year will come along to support it.”


MVP_0036Last-minute preparations are being made for the arrival of the national Britain in Bloom judges on Friday.

We’re representing the Heart of England region in the Small City category of Britain in Bloom, after last year being named category winner in the regional campaign.

Two judges from the national campaign will spend Friday morning casting their eyes over our fabulous floral displays, community projects and wildlife habitats.

This year’s entry is a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and titled Tamworth in Bloom – Lest We Forget.

The judging route is the same as that on which the regional judges were taken just two weeks ago – staring at the Alms Houses, with a short presentation. The judges will then walk through Little Church Lane and up to the War Memorial through the churchyard, through to the Assembly Rooms car park, where the ambitious plans for Tamworth Assembly Rooms and the wider Creative Quarter will be outlined.

They will then walk to the Philip Dix Centre, through the old Drill Hall entrance and through to the Tamworth Information Centre.

They will be picked up from the TIC car park in a limo – kindly donated for the day by sponsor E F Edwards – and driven along Lichfield Street to the Moor Street roundabout, where the three raised beds will be planted with displays commemorating WW1, as well as a figure of a First World War soldier made entirely from plants.

The tour will then take in Ventura Park, Bright Crescent sheltered housing scheme, Tamworth Community Fire Station and community garden, Hodge Lane Nature Reserve, Amington Green, Amington Cemetery and the War Memorial, which is currently undergoing restoration.

The judges will then be taken along Amington Road and back along River Drive, where they will be dropped off at the black gates to the Castle Grounds.

The judging party will then walk up through the Castle Grounds, taking in the wisteria garden, Jubilee rose garden, the award-winning Bandstand flower beds and the newly-refurbished Saxon Man and Torch Man. They will then cross The Dig to the historic Town Hall before returning to the Castle.

Tamworth has won gold in the Heart of England regional campaign for the past five years, but this is our first-ever appearance in the national competition. We will be judged alongside entries from Bath, Bracknell, Chorley, Crawley, Derry City, Harrogate and Loughborough.

We’ll find out how we did in September.