John Sollis has made a short film about the Fox Pub and the current planning application, which aims to add housing into its’ footprint and ensure the pub retains its status as a local landmark and community asset. It is a very interesting plan and hopefully the outcome will ensure we continue to have a local pub which serves its’ community well, alongside extra badly needed housing.
Our latest film is about the amazing Orchard in Broomfield Park. The space was once a bowling green utilised by the Broomfield Park Bowling Club. When David March, a founding member of the Orchard, discovered the space in 2009, it had been unused for about 15 years. David wanted to make it into a wild flower meadow and orchard and he sought the help of a local campaigning group called Improving our Place, who were very keen and the then local council provided some funds and a designated officer Graham Deal who was a great support in the project.
The project was launched on Tree O’ Clock Day in 2009 and the council provided some pump priming funds and people were invited to sponsor a tree. The Orchard has blossomed into a wonderful oasis within Broomfield Park much loved by local residents and it’s resident bees.
Susan Mehmet and myself have made a film about the Apiary in the Broomfield Park Orchard. I have often visited the Orchard during it’s lovely open days and enjoyed the honey sold by the volunteers, but have been a little wary of going too near the bees. However we were very pleased to hear about how the hives are looked after and how necessary they are, indeed bees ensure our plants and crops are pollinated and consequently that we are fed. The team of volunteers, led by Kim Lumley work very hard to ensure that the hives are safe so the bees can carry on their good work. They also talk to schoolchildren about their work.
We have spent a few months making a film about the volunteers who run the Conservatory in Broomfield Park. We went to and took photographs and film from various open days and were very impressed by the large number of activities which take place throughout the year. We hope you like the final film which is a compilation of all the many events.
In our final interview with Dr Martin Blanchard, he talks about how it would be possible to run the NHS without blaming people for their own illnesses.
Dr Martin Blanchard talks about the Iron Mountain and how business matters overtook clinical matters.
Our fourth film with Dr Martin Blanchard, is about how tricky putting a price tag on treating mental illness, is.
Dr Martin Blanchard, who is involved with Defend Enfield NHS, Health Campaigns Together and the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan -Watch, talks about setting up a Psychiatric Day Unit. Our third of 6 films with Martin and he talks about after setting up and working within his prizewinning unit, the unit then had to work within a much greater catchment area with the same number of resources.
Martin talks to us about becoming a consultant in this second of 6 films about his working life within the NHS.
We interviewed Martin recently and he was kind enough to talk to us about his career as a doctor and the changes he saw in the NHS during his time within it. We made six films in total and will release 2 each week, so people will have a chance to digest what he is saying.