Heritage centre on the small screen

TUNE in to the BBC later this month and see the spotlight fall on Caistor.

After a year of filming, the town will feature in the third episode of Village SOS, the new primetime BBC1 documentary series, due to be aired at 8pm on August 24.

Fronted by entrepreneur and property developer Sarah Beeny, who has paid a number of visits to the town, the hour-long programme follows the Caistor Arts and Heritage team as they work to turn the former Plough Hill Methodist Chapel into the state of the art community building it now is.

The high-profile £430,000 lottery-funded project has become a shining example of what can be achieved by a dedicated group of community-minded people.

Now Caistorians will be glued to their TV sets to see their efforts portrayed on the small screen.

And none more so than the 28 Plough Hill, Arts and Heritage Centre’s chairman Roy Schofield, who led the 60-strong working party and was heavily involved in securing the lottery funding for the project.

“We have lived with this for the past 12 months, so it will be nice to see it on the screen,” he said.

“The film crew shot more than 300 hours of footage, so it will be very interesting to see how that is condensed in to one hour-long programme.”

All six episodes focus on a different group of locals from across the country who have plans to rejuvenate their village after receiving a substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

The first episode, next Wednesday, August 10, tells the story of Talgarth, near Brecon, who applied for a grant to renovate a derelict mill.

Creating a new music festival in 10 weeks, getting a product range designed and packaged and winning plaudits in three months and building a sustainable village hall from scratch in under a year are just some of the massive challenges facing the intrepid Village SOS projects in future episodes.